[LMB] OT: fear of heights, was AIHABF

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 03:49:52 BST 2021


What is "summiting," and how is it different from climbing to the top?

On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 9:39 PM Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Back in 1979 I went on a Outward Bound hiking and mountain climbing event
> in the Three Sisters Mountain State Park. We managed to summit on the
> Middle Sister which was a heady experience. Standing over the glacier,  was
> a large  rocky outcrop which was the highest point of the mountain.  Of
> course we all stood on it. Maybe we might have jumped on it. I took a
> picture of the group with my camera too. Anyway as we prepared to leave we
> heard this loud crack. We turned around and watched the huge rock outcrop
> break off and tumbled down the glacier.
>  Our instructor was as white as a sheet.
>
> On Thu, Oct 14, 2021, 12:55 PM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 14 Oct 2021 10:22:15 -0400, Becca Price <becca7108 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > >Long years ago, when my husband and I were courting, we went to the
> Grand
> > >Canyon (on the way back from visiting his parents in Tuscon). I was
> > wearing
> > >shorts and a t-shirt, We were walking along the canyon trail when a
> > >thunderstorm went sweeping through the canyon below us. (seeing a
> > >thunderstorm from above is very interesting).  There was an outjutting
> > rock
> > >at one point, and Chris went out on it feeling very much like Thor God
> of
> > >Thunder. He turned around to beckon me to join him, and saw me with my
> > >hands over my mouth in controlled panic. When he asked me what was
> wrong,
> > >all I could say was, "you've got the car keys!"
> > >
> > >he's never let me live that down. But I noticed last time I was there,
> > >there is a wall between the path and the edge, and that rock isn't there
> > >anymore.
> >
> > There's a rock wall in Norway called the Troll Wall, and it's a mile
> > straight(ish) down.  There is a similar outcrop, where someone has
> > painted "Exit - skydivers only" (it's popular with BASE jumpers).
> >
> > It's an odd feeling, looking down that distance: some things don't
> > resolve at first, until you realise that the "moss" you can see is
> > actually made of substantial trees, much further away than you first
> > thought.
> > --
> > A mind's reach should exceed its grasp or what's a metaphor?
> >
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