07/18/13 - 2:58pm
Another climber once asked me if I knew the definition of mountaineering. There are a lot of possible answers to a question like that, but nothing came to mind.
“What is it?” I asked. “Moving slowly uphill while not feeling very well,” he replied.
Moments like this tell me two things about climbers. First, our chosen activity and its inherent unpleasantness indicate a slight imbalance in our collective brain function. Second, we are aware of the first fact, and we have a sense of humor about ourselves.