“It’s impossible to fall off mountains you fool!” — Kerouac, Dharma Bums

Kerouac was talking about climbing Matterhorn Peak in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range (northern boundary of Yosemite National Park in California), which has an elevation of 12,279 feet (3,743 meters). This is Jbel Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco – the highest peak in North Africa (4,167 meters). I did not make it to the top on my 30th but I did make it up to, roughly, 3,750 meters. The milky way looks good – no unbelievable – from that height; the Berber people are kind and generous with their sweet mint tea; but the fresh, biting mountain air is a cruel one.

There will be other mountains.

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September 19, 2013 · 7:33 am

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