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BleckCra
2018-01-03 22:26:09
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The authorities in Nepal are deciding who goes into their big hills and who doesn't. New restrictions are to be imposed on novice, solo, disabled and other climbers.
The man who would never walk again. Should he be denied the opportunity to scale the biggest hills in the world and bask in the deserved glory of such an achievement?
The woman who has built her career on solo climbing and whose skills and experience in that discipline is unquestioned. Is she to be prevented from employing them on the roof of the world?
I am reminded of Terence Banjo Bannon's presentation to his mesmerised audiences when he relates an instance of a 15 minute window of opportunity enroute to bagging a Himalaya. Via a gully. A gully consumed by a Japanese lady, recipient of the climb as a gift and who had never been higher than her runners.
As good an example as any to impose some kind of restriction?
There would be 3 beneficiaries. The climbers encouraged away from killing themselves; the rescue teams excused from killing themselves; and the other climbers the rescue teams could be preventing from killing themselves.
Where do you draw the line? I am glad that I shall never be at the hard end of that decision.
But it does bring me to the thing in general - and to come down into the warm, damp bog most of us inhabit here - is the time rapidly approaching for forms, badges, microchipping and the authority of small pale boys in uniforms, to afford us access to the mountains?
I learned my trade in the Scottish Munros in very dangerous places and times. A callow youth (idiot) indulged by death long enough until I gained proper respect for it. If ye haed seen what I haed seen. Yet would I deny it to anyone? Not one bit of it; not to my children; not to my grandchildren.
But the apocalypse is coming and I have see the horsemen on the skyline. Foolish, feckless, innocents, in their sights.
It will be here when the nouveaux Donard riches, the nouveaux Carrauntoohil riches and the nouveaux Ben Nevis riches venture off piste in their plastic macs and plastic shoes into a place not notified by their phones or tablets.
At that point all our worst nightmares will collide and you and I will find ourselves obliged to carry evidence of our mountain skills before we are permitted on to the hill.
And a good thing too?
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Adding markers to descriptions
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Chimney Rock Mountain: Season's Greetings from up The Chimney
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