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A dozen mountaineers made their way to the top of Red Slate Mountain, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, on a day early in September. The ascent required strong lungs and legs, and the motivation to walk and climb from our base camp at 10,500 feet above sea level, to the summit of the mountain, at 13,136 feet. The rewards included the 360 degree views and a well-earned lunch. The less tangible rewards included a sense of accomplishment, and the joy of conscious existence that came from working our muscles and minds to accomplish a desired goal.

For me, I don't climb a mountain, as George Mallory put it, "because it's there." I climb because I can, because it's a way to prove to myself I'm still alive.

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jdant20202-Jun-2015 13:22
This is an awesome picture. Climbing a mountain like that would be quite the feat. You're right, it's not worth to climb a mountain just "because it's there;" it all depends on your mindset and how you look at it. Thanks for sharing this awesome moment.
Carol E Sandgren13-Sep-2010 18:49
Wow that IS an accomplishment and good for you being fit enough to do it successfully! I hope you'll post your view in a photo or two soon. The view going UP seems to be awesome as well. Great shot of working muscles and some almost out-of-breath hikers!!
Bryan Murahashi13-Sep-2010 15:13
That's quite an accomplishment, Dave. I'm sure the views were fantastic.
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