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“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

I’ve decided I will post a few things about climbing here.

This might seem irrelevant to entrepreneurship or life, but it isn’t.

Climbing has been one of my greatest teachers.

Climbing has taught me about life, friendship, entrepreneurship, and partnership. Most of all, climbing has taught me about myself.

It’s taught me the value of knowing my true self, and it’s shattered my old ideas of what and who I really am.

Climbing has both humbled me, and empowered me. Climbing is funny that way. It has a sense of humor about it.

Most of the climbers I know are a little bit like philosophers. None of us is very wise, but it doesn’t seem to stop us.

Climbing makes you think, and also makes you not think. Both are valuable. Knowing when to do one or the other is the real art.

In addition to philosophers, climbers are athletes. Maybe climbers are the original athletes. But I don’t believe climbing is a sport. There are no rules or winners or champions. Climbing offers us other things.

There is risk and failure and suffering and triumph and fear and beauty and bravery and, occasionally, joy. Climbing is a mirror to life that way. It’s life in a very concentrated dose. Maybe it’s why I feel so old sometimes.

Alex Lowe, regarded as one of the greatest climbers, once said, “The best climber in the world is the one having the most fun!” I believe that. It makes me sad that Alex died, but happy to know he lived up to his own ideals. For that, he is certainly better than most of us.

Almost down. Ecuador.

Almost down. Ecuador.

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