I read a lot of outdoor books, most notably by Jon Krakauer and Ed Viesturs. Expeditions to the mountains, the success and the failures, have always fascinated me and kept certain dreams alive, and provided material for writing. What I find lacking to a degree, is the more personal inner struggle, and the spiritual awakening that can arise from the human seeking a higher place next to nature, the being pushed to limits where we become our true self.
I see this in great detail and depth in the books by Reinhold Messner. His book “The Crystal Horizon” is about the first solo ascent of Mount Everest in 1980 and is steeped with raw emotion, the body and mind punished, and the spirit set free.
Other books I am currently reading by Mr. Messner:
Finally jumping into the fray and trying out Windows 10. I have build 9926 running as a VM in VMware Workstation 11.1. Installed with the following specifications for testing. This build does not have Spartan installed but that will be my next task.
I was not meant to be in this place, at this time.
Distant fields of clover and Indian grass fold
into itself as mountains rise
from the virgin earth and we are witness
to the changing landscape, to the dawn of a new era.
The relative nature of space and time
the fluctuations bring me closer and
further at the same moment to the
true being, the being within struggling
to break free struggling to catch
the first and last breath.
Which version of myself decided
this was the place for me?
Which version of myself cast
shadows across ice fields
hunkered down beneath
overhanging ice and the
first ray of light across
the crystal horizon,
the peak near?
Which place is real
and which place do I belong within?