“Why do you climb?” For the challenge.
For the scenery.
For the laughs.
For the solitude.
For the scares, the push through painful moments, and the wave of relief that comes once they pass.
For the intimate understanding of the rock you’re spending the day, or week, or month, or year with that grows with each hold you grip and set toes on.
For the natural beauty witnessed from above and below.
For the reminder to be humble.
For the chance to commune with the sublime.
For the hilarious conversations and deep reflection between friends.
For the sense of accomplishment.
For the betterment of our souls.
For the golden sun that shines through the trees during the hike on approach and the animals that bear witness to your testimony, but could honestly care less about who you are and what your story is.
For the oneness with the world found on the way to its peaks.
There are a million reasons why each climber plants hands and feet on a wall, but it can all be boiled down to one, fundamental truth:
We climb for the joy of it.