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Letter — Quantifying my spirituality

Pam Gooch argues the Washoe corner the market on the nebulous subject of spirituality. For all I know they are more “spiritual” but how does one quantify this kind of personal experience?

What I do know is that climbing requires courage and a striving for untapped strength of mind and body. Climbing can in some situations bring one face to face their own mortality either virtually or in reality. These situations create strength of character simply because of their stark realities and the necessary fortitude.

Climbing also has an ascetic very much like a martial art does; a synergy between spirit, mind and body. When one’s life is in the hands of their fellow climbers, true bonds of friendship and trust are created that transcend ego and superficiality. Maybe that’s not as cool as walking on water to Pam Gooch but personally I believe it’s more important.

Oh, and who cleaned Cave Rock of truckloads of trash in the ’80s? Climbers did.

Climbers are familiar with the humbling power of nature, a state of mind I think is not reflected in Pam Gooch’s tone and attitude.

Personally I believe Pam Gooch is using the Washoe as a pawn for her own personal agenda.

Jason Hogan

South Lake Tahoe

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