Posted by: Walker Mackey | 2010/01/26

The Essence of Suffering

This time around I spent twenty days in the park. During the duration of my stay I saw one sunny day. Unfortunately the winds were so high that day that committing to The Central would have been a serious mental push. True happiness can only be found within yourself. Often the things that make us happiest are the ones that hurt the most. These experiences are what motivates us and inspires us. Every experience in this world consists of both positive and negative aspects. There is no right and wrong, there only is. For example cutting down tree´s. One man see´s horible destruction of the planet and another may see a way to feed his family. The infinite contradiction of life!

Before I left the park on January twenty-third I got up at four am with the purpose of soloing Almarunte Nieto. I climbed two thousand feet from my base and came about two hundred meters from the summit before I was forced to turn around because of white out conditions and high winds. It was a long day and put a lot of strain on my body, but really fun! Within the experience I found pain and suffering, but as with all things in life I also found bliss and happiness.


  1. Hey, you’re back! Yin and Yang! Between the extreems there is a balance. “Out beyond fields of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Rumi
    Glad you found pain and suffering and bliss and happiness. I skied powder on old skies in the afternoon, got two ducks in the morning, but went swimming. Now I’m a member of the polar bear club. Love ya, your dad.

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