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The ultimate retro bolt? 3-Jun-2013 At 1:56:22 PM pecheur
On 3/06/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>The best adventures can't be bought.
>If they could then they wouldn't be worth buying, as true adventures have
>an element of 'uncertain outcome' involved.

Mikl's quite quotable on this.

However adventure is in the eye of the beholder and whilst I completely agree with MattB's comments, when you're inexperienced even a guided tour up a tourist route, say the "Coca Cola" (Marangu) route up Kili, is a great adventure because they don't know if they'll make it to the top because they'll never have been to altitude before in a strange country with rubbish hospitals. For a lot of people I met in the comfy huts there this was the scariest, most out there thing they'd done, who am I / are we to judge?

Also I'd never experienced as many people coming down from a mountain encouraging others to go make it up there*. Those people were genuinely elated to have made it and wanted others to make it too. To them they've succeeded on their challenge and it was their "best adventure".

* There was certainly nothing like that at EBC which is the only comparable high spot I've been to with lots of foot traffic.

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