I am heading back into the Alps. This time the main targets are the Mittellegi Integrale on the Eiger (starting in Alpiglen and finishing at the Jungfraujoch) and the Hornli Ridge or alt., the Zmutt Ridge (see how we feel) on the Matterhorn. I can pratt on about climbing and these routes but instead I will just share some words of wisdom from the climber I admire the most, a certain hairy Tyrolean:
...for me climbing must contain three elements: difficulty, danger, and most importantly, exposure.
Our instincts as humans are slowly dimming the less time we spend in wild nature...... Climbing is an important and sacred opportunity for us to exist in situations we faced a hundred thousand years ago. The animalistic side of human beings.
I did not become successful in my field because I'm bigger or more intelligent than others. No, I became successful because I had the willpower to fail, and to try again, again, and again.
Neil and I will certainly try. We will be animals, with the elements. We will push what we know and what we can do to the very edge but not beyond, as that is where darkness lies. Should I fail, I will return, as long as I can.