big wall rock climbing

First ascent team, El Capitan, Yosemite. 1964, Tom Frost, Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt, and Yvon Chouinard

“I failed on a climbing problem eight times before realizing I was climbing as high as I knew I could and then letting go. On my next try I climbed with no thought of failure and reached the top. We cannot know what we can do in advance. The only way to find out is to go all-out trying, thinking only of success.” -Royal Robbins 

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The late Dean Potter free soloing Easy Rider on El Cap, Yosemite

I don’t know what spiritual means, but I do know that I feel connected to the other people in the world, the earth, the animals. That’s what I pursue in all the things I do–to become closer to what is inside of me and how that is inside of everything. In the collective consciousness of the world and all of its lifeforms. I mostly want what’s great for everybody, and I’d hope to be recognized as a good person, someone who is hoping to do good things in life and to help the people that I’m close to live their dreams.

photo: Mikey Schaefer