" I wasn't looking to be a hero. I climbed because it was the closest I could get to being a child again. I was rubbish: a happy trier. Life just never felt safe enough on solid ground to want to challenge it with too much altitude. Why I ended up at this particular corner of rock, with a wall of friends behind me and no way out other than up, is still something I am trying to figure out."
I really liked this story, a deserved winner unafriad of admitting it can be as scary out there sometimes and not very often attractive or noble! But still there's something in it that keeps us coming back despite all this : ) My first lead coming up soon - probably Mallorca...gulp...
Congratulations. A deserved winner IMHO and particularly creditable considering the entries were of a pretty high standard. Actually worth reading in its own right, in fact, which is more or less unheard of in public essay competitions.
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