Many thanks to BPL for the interview with Cameron McNeish. I had heard of Mr. McNeish but didn't realize he has the soul of a Celtic poet. Though I'm as much of a gear freak as the next guy, it's good to be reminded of why we get out there in the first place. By the way, I'm also a big fan of the writers mentioned in the interview. Emerson, Thoreau, John Muir, Cactus Ed, and Colin Fletcher have all tapped into something timeless and universal. Here's something from another kindred spirit from a different time and place:
"The birds have vanished into the sky,
and now the last cloud drains away.
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains."
Li Po (701-762)
translated by Sam Hamill