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Introduction - Climbing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking    
Photos  by David French
Mountaineering and
have provided
multitudes of adventure,
excitement, hardships,
and inner growth for not
only myself, but for the
many who have
accompanied me over
the years.

In the beginning when
people asked me why I
climb, I would simply
state "For the
accomplishment", or
"For the Adventure," but
that has changed. Today,
I would say that I climb
for the depth of
character that outdoor
activities such as
mountaineering provide.

I can tell you straight
out, that I can learn
more about an individual
(or myself for that
matter) in just a few
short days in the
mountains, than I can in
years of watching
someone in normal day
to day conditions. Seeing
a person under the
hardships of frustration,
exhaustion, fear, and a
host of other human
emotions, brings out the
inner man like nothing
else can. I like that. For I
would rather see the real person and deal with that, then work with the fake facades that so many people put on
when life is easy. Mountaineering is challenging, and hardships may abound, but the rewards are equally substantial.
For those who have never experienced the exhilaration of being on a distant summit, or awakened to a clear crisp
dawn and seen the alpenglow of a great north facing wall......well........all I can say is that there are beauties out there
that defy description. No photo (no matter how good) can capture what the human eye can take in. Those beauties
can only be experienced by individuals who are willing to pay the price. But if you are willing to put in the hard
work, I will guarantee you this. You will gain experiences in life that you will never forget. For the physical and
spiritual rewards to be gained in the mountains are rich indeed.

Dave French

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and
all the trees of the field will clap their hands."   (
Isaiah 55:12)
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