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On the summit of Mont Blanc, France (15,782 ft)

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Congrats. Which road did you take?


The so-called "Royal Way" which took us 2 days (the "easiest one"). We slept under a tent at 3,817 m. One of the most memorable moments of my entire life!


Very good for listening to 'Everything You Do Is a Balloon' by Boards of Canada.


In fact, I had "Macquarie Ridge" in my head once the summit reached. Such a moment of unity and clarity!

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Mont Blanc yet gleams on high:--the power is there,

The still and solemn power of many sights,

And many sounds, and much of life and death.

In the calm darkness of the moonless nights,

In the lone glare of day, the snows descend

Upon that Mountain; none beholds them there,

Nor when the flakes burn in the sinking sun,

Or the star-beams dart through them. Winds contend

Silently there, and heap the snow with breath

Rapid and strong, but silently! Its home

The voiceless lightning in these solitudes

Keeps innocently, and like vapour broods

Over the snow. The secret Strength of things

Which governs thought, and to the infinite dome

Of Heaven is as a law, inhabits thee!

And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea,

If to the human mind's imaginings

Silence and solitude were vacancy?

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