You have to look at life and smile. Even when things seem difficult and challenging. Perhaps even more then. So when I stupidly fell whilst rappelling and broke my heel, knowing that I could not attend some fun days in the mountains – the Alpine Academy in Chamonix – I did not throw a tantrum, but went anyway.
It was worth it, for I was taught another relevant lesson in mountaineering life.
Watching Matthias Scherer and Tanja Schmitt’s Velocity https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=RakTv8vZJ6c&app=desktop and also Luka Lindič’s Determination https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCljn_ybuzw, two of the many films screened for the Movie Night, I found some key questions relating to the mountaineering world were raised.
Matthias and Tanja – see two posts in this blog https://luciaprosino.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/frozen-love-matthias-scherer-and-tanja-schmitt/ and https://luciaprosino.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/kjerrskredkvelven-the-big-line-ice-climbing-in-norway/ – left everything behind to follow their passion, ice climbing. They did not just dream or ponder about it, they let ice absorb their lives and cherished in it. They are unassuming and honest and do not seek fame, nor fortune. Neither does Luka. A young Slovenian alpinist, he has already accomplished a lot, such as the solo Peuterey Integrale in the summer of 2013 http://lukalindic.si/?p=260.
His message is clear. Some mountaineers behave like actors and are much keener on the mere “story telling” than their actual pursuits, apparently seeming to have completed their projects before setting off for their ventures.
Setting the boundaries in this field can be a thorny issue at times, but it is certainly a topic worth examining.
Perhaps, in the future, Mountain Festivals will devote some time to this debate.