Alpinist – and Breathtaking Wallpapers

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In Canada this past weekend I discovered that my host, Steve, was a climbing enthusiast who actually has some serious training and experience in rock and ice climbing! I found myself gawking at the pictures he had on display in his office that he had cut from magazines and a calendar that showed incredible views of God’s Creation along with quotes like:

Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from beginning think what may be the end. – Edward Whymper

To avoid critism do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. – Elbert Hubbard

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. – Amelia Earhart

Without a struggle there can be no progress. – Fredrick Douglass

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. – William Feather

Some people see things and say, “Why?” I dream things that never were, and say, “Why not?”

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Those are just a few I copied into my iPhone and e-mailed myself to save. On the ride back to the airport (when I think I convinced him to come to Yosemite Summit next year) he recommended what he said was the best climbing magazine, especially for awesome photography: Alpinist.com and while it is a little more than your usual magazine, I am definitely subscribing. But even if you don’t want to subscribe, you may enjoy the free wallpapers on the site, I downloaded them all and made them my rotating waller with a new one appearing every five minutes.

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I love how they describe themselves:

We believe in sinker jams high off the deck, a bomber nut, the crescent moon, your partner’s whoop, sand-washing the fry pan, road trips, one-swing sticks, remembering to breathe, alpine starts (more for the alpenglow than the early hour), espresso in the desert, the plungestep, lenticular cloudcaps, rest days, the focus of a runout, a cold beer at the end of it all. If you believe in these things too, join us.

I may have to make that a cold Root Beer at the end of it all, but while I don’t even know what most of those terms mean – they sure sound exciting!

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I’m not sure Yosemite Summit will provide this much danger and risk, but hey, you gotta start somewhere! After all,

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. – Lao-Tzu

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