Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Why The Mountains??

Sam's reason for "Why the Mountains?" Columbus Day 2008
Devil's Marbleyard, VA photo by Maggi Chamberlain

Photo by Samuel Chamberlain

"Hours slide by like minutes. The accumulated clutter of day-to-day existence — the lapses of conscience, the unpaid bills, the bungled opportunities, the dust under the couch, the inescapable prison of your genes — all of it is temporarily forgotten, crowded from your thoughts by an overpowering clarity of purpose by the seriousness of the task at hand." — Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

"To those who have struggled with them, the mountains reveal beauties that they will not disclose to those who make no effort. That is the reward the mountains give to effort. And it is because they have so much to give and give it so lavishly to those who will wrestle with them that men love the mountains and go back to them again and again. The mountains reserve their choice gifts for those who stand upon their summits." — Sir Francis Younghusband

"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way." — Dr. Seuss (1904—1991)

"Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out — it's the grain of sand in your shoe." — Robert Service (1874—1958)

"A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him and leaving something of himself upon it." — Martin Conway

"But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free. The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; and the realist adjusts the sails." — William Arthur Ward

“The burning lungs, throbbing legs and aching back are a small sacrifice for the freedom and tranquility of the mountain trails.” -- Jay Forest Chamberlain

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