Sunday, December 23, 2007

Inspiring...

A couple of climbing acquaintances filled me in on the quite astonishing variety of ways of croaking in the Himalaya. Falling off the mountain seemed the least of my worries. Strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary oedema, cerebral oedema, frostbite, exposure, pneumonia, stone fall, avalanche, crevasse, mountain torrents and runaway yaks - each with a name and an instance of someone who had been killed that way ... Life was too pleasant and interesting to lose, yet to turn down an experience like this...

-- An excerpt from Andrew Greig's article in Summit Fever
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