/ Mountaineering -a unique link to our primeval past -Blog post
I think there is something unique about mountaineering that places it apart from other sports, something that connects us to our primeval past. Mountaineering is, in essence, a struggle for survival in a hostile natural environment. Here, I think the word natural might be the key. No other sport I can think of brings us into such an intense, such a seminal relationship with the natural world.
I think that relationship, between us as human beings and nature, is something we are losing despite the fact that it may well be central to who we are.
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You are quite right and this is why understanding of place-names on a map brings to much to an understanding of the landscape and human activity.
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