This Is Why We Do It: Makalu

“Going to the mountains is going home.”

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Climbing and trekking in the mountains is more often than not miserable. It’s either too cold or too hot, it seems to rain all the time, and there is nothing to eat but rice so you are constantly hungry, especially for foods from back home. Even the simple act of peeing can suddenly be difficult.

So why do we, the crazy mountain lovers of the world, do it? We do it for the peace and quiet of living outdoors. We do it to leave behind the noise and stress of everyday city life, and to reconnect with nature. And we do it for moments such as these, beautiful snowy sunrises halfway up the mountain.

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After being socked in by clouds for four days straight it was amazing to wake up one morning to a perfectly clear sky. Of course it didn’t last long, and within an hour the bone chilling clouds had rolled back in, but it was enough to remind me exactly why I am out here.

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