"In a sense, everything that exists is to climb. All evolution is climbing towards a higher form. Climbing is a metaphor for life as it reaches towards consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be homes of gods. In the mountains there is a promise of... something inexplicable. A higher plane of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb. And in the climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery."