It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves – Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist who with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first climber to summit Mount Everest (29 May 1953). Hillary innately understood that climbing involved more than just physical prowess – it was a mental, emotional and spiritual journey as well. Perhaps this understanding is what enabled him to summit the tallest mountain in the world.

The Mountain is the Metaphor
The mountain can be a metaphor for many things: fear, uncertainty, spirituality, goals, obstacles, doom, success… And throughout life there are various mountains we must face, mountains we must climb and mountains we may fall off of – but no matter what, we must keep going!

Whenever I’m sitting on top of one of those mountains, or staring up at its peak from the base, I repeat the sage advice from Lao Tzu, ‘the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.’ But the woman who gets me really fired up hiked the Pacific Crest Trail solo, ‘The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it,’ Cheryl Strayed

Onward and upward – and don’t forget to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it!
Cheryl Strayed on the Pacific Crest Trail