“The mountains are the means; the man is the end. The idea is to improve the man, not to reach the top.” - Walter Bonatti
For Christmas, my parents gave my family (each individual) a Get Out Pass. The pass allows us to do a variety of things throughout the year. Yesterday, we were feeling adventurous and decided to accept the test of a Puzzling Adventure in Ogden, UT. Puzzling Adventure is essentially an outdoor, online scavenger hunt around a city that doubles as a tour of the city’s history and current landmarks. We live only 20 minutes from Ogden but found it to be fun and learned many new things.
My wife and I’s favorite part was when we were led to the above quote from Walter Bonatti, an Italian mountain climber, at the base of an impressive sculpture outside the Salomon Center. We came upon this near the beginning of our adventure but the quote stuck with me.
We have a 6 year old and a 2 year old. The adventure ended up taking us almost two hours to complete during which we walked over three miles in 35-40 degree weather. We forgot our stroller. Within 15 minutes our 2 year old was done walking, so my wife and I took turns carrying him. (He is not light.) With about 30 minutes left he fell asleep, so we proceeded to carry a completely dead weight chunk for the remainder of the time. (We were probably an interesting sight to the casual observer….) We kept positive attitudes and successfully finished the challenge. We are all happy and proud of what we did.
As we drove home, warming our hands by the air vents, I thought about the quote… the puzzling adventure was the means; the Toney family was the end. This was one of the most refreshing and bonding family activities we have done a while. Why? I think it is because we did something challenging. We stuck together, lifted each other up and pushed through to the end.
Seems to me that Walter Bonatti’s quote can be applied to much more than mountains.
Thank you for reading.
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