By Nan

‘Yet often the mountain gives itself most completely when I have no destination, when I reach nowhere in particular, but have gone out merely to be with the mountain as one visits a friend with no intention but to be with him.’

‘To aim for the highest point is not the only way to climb a mountain’

‘Eye and foot acquire in rough walking a co-ordination that makes one distinctly aware of where the next step is to fall, even while watching sky and land.’

‘It’s a grand thing, to get leave to live’

– Nan Shepherd

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