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Cima di Cantun North Face Last week I found at a bookshop here in Wellington a book I had been looking for since a few years: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Fast, Light and High

This book was written by Mark Twight, "Punk Climber" in the '80s, and now President of Grivel North America (for those how are not into mountain climbing, Grivel is one of the best alpine tool factory in the World). And the book is about training for mountain climbing.

I'm reading it now and I just found a sentence that I want to share:

The goal of training for alpine climbing can be summed up in one phrase: to make yourself as indestructible as possible. The harder you are to kill, the longer you will last in the mountains.

Mark Twight is my hero, my inspiration for climbing. He also wrote another book, Kiss or Kill: Confessions of a Serial Climber.

If you are into alpinism or mountain climbing, I really recommend the last book. While the first is a (unusual, very unusual) training manual, the second is the best book about mountain climbing I ever read in my life: this is one of the reasons why I swapped my outdoor activities from sailing and water sports to climbing and mountaineering. And he also suggests a very "inspiring" playlist.

Sunset from Monte Rosa

The two pictures are: Cima di Cantun, North Face and a breathtaking sunset from the Mt. Rosa over all the Valle d'Aosta.

posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:33 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Make yourself as indestructible as possible (cit. Mark Twight)

Left by LorenzoC at 6/29/2007 12:17 AM

Well, yes. But if you really want to find something that can break you no matter how "unbreakable" you can make yourself, eventually you will find it. People die in extreme conditions, both in the sea and on the mountains. I guess it is not being tough that keep you safe, it is being wise and the ability to understand where limits are. IMHO.

# re: Make yourself as indestructible as possible (cit. Mark Twight)

Left by Simone at 6/29/2007 2:12 PM

I agree: you need to be wise and understand your limits. But with training you can raise your limits: that's the meaning of the sentence.
It's pretty obvious I guess, but the sentence used by Mark Twight was "interesting"

# re: Make yourself as indestructible as possible (cit. Mark Twight)

Left by LorenzoC at 6/30/2007 5:32 AM

I meant something different. Many people find amusing to go over the limits to look for danger. Silly example, imagine those who buy a race bike then ride it in city streets on the weekend.
Some other people can't understand what the danger is, think of those who fire new years eve rockets from their mouth. Etc.
I guess the topic (why people do things) is more complicated :)

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