I was about to start a new thread, aimlessly, but thankfully i found this one.
I just came back from a home-coming party that one of my climber friends, threw to share his experience of summit-ting Stok-Kangri(6150 Mtrs=20110 feet above mean sea level) in Leh; and it got me thinking about the similarities between all outdoors sports.
Here are men, climbing in desolate surroundings, to find solace, to find peace. The only driving force behind this mad adventure : " one step at a time". This one phrase drives all climbers, to take that one extra step, one step at a time, and to not think about the imminent enormity of the task they have undertaken. Their conquest of the summit is not driven by my understanding about the misgivings about our ego, but by just taking that one extra step, one step at a time. Such simplicity, in the undertow of such a Herculean task, yet such humility.
Every time I meet these friends after a climb, they're always a little different from before they made the climb. Its always a very subtle change, one that I think I notice and one that makes them just a little distant from the crowd. They realize what they have achieved but are unable to express to us, the non climbers, the nuances of their drive. Their ambivalence about their achievement within the humility they feel in their conquest, unable to express their state of being.
I feel the same way about fishing, and i TOO, feel the inability to express the gratitude towards the solitude Angling brings me. While, the limits of physical labor and strain may not compare to climbing, but the exhilaration of making that one extra cast, one cast at a time, time and time again, is so similar to the one step the climbers take. The patience learnt from learning that one cast at at time, leads us to that elusive state of being one, with the waters, is an exquisite state of being, I'm sure non anglers don't not relate to.
I'm an angler 'coz it teaches me how to live my life. It's so much more that just fishing my brains out, but what the hell...that's just me
What about you?!