The Grapes of Whatever, Or, Why We Really Climb

This story first appeared in Ascent. PRELUDE I looked in the mirror. Soul patch. Unibrow. Face about to either sneeze or cry. I said to my reflection, “Why do we climb?” then quickly turned away. This existential crisis was sheer torture! I picked up Ed Whymper’s skull, which I had recently acquired in Chamonix, in an … Continue reading The Grapes of Whatever, Or, Why We Really Climb