TheGreatNorthwest

Adventure Awaits >>> A Colorado Native living in the big city Northwest. Cross over mountains, taste the sea air, climb up rocks, paddle white water, ski fresh powder.

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“ There are some places so beautiful they can make a grown man break down and weep. I should know. But what the hell, the natural world is beautiful everywhere, from the sand dunes of Cape Cod to the sand dunes of Baja California. This rockpile in Utah is special for me mainly because this is part of my home. I live here. ”

—    Edward Abbey on Arches National Park (where he lived and worked seasonally in 1956 and 1957)

“ Taking a trip for six months, you get into the into the rhythm of it, it feels like you can go on for ever. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that because you get all these high-powered plastic surgeons and C.E.O.s and you know, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas who put all the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed rope and you get to camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag, it’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. And the whole purpose of climbing something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain, but if you compromise on the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back. ”

—    Yvon Chouinard | 180° South. (via echo5charlie)