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ACC CAJ 2019 - Sneak Peek Features

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I like that climbing can be so many things to so many people, a conversation of physicality, a test of human connectivity, the pursuit of spirituality, but I wonder what comes of it when the goal is held higher than the process. Always moving forward for something just out of reach, rather than content with the steady presence of direction found in a life of meaning. What good is it if we learn and learn and learn, take and take and take, but never give back, never contribute to our community? What good is it if we do not believe in what we are doing? We all need to believe in something. I have believed in the mountains for most of my life, the juxtaposition of their presence against my own is a grounding force. I've never met Barry Blanchard, but he refers to "that moment on every climb where the universe makes sense." His words strike at the heart of the thing. ere has been a lot of loss in the local and international climbing communities in the past few years, and it seems that we are losing the best moments where nothing makes sense. is sudden positioning of death in the pursuit of life, the space that is left empty by friends and loved ones, stum- bling towards what was, reaching for something that is no longer, falling towards the edge in our own hearts, I find myself considering the conver- sation between spirit and the mountains. Because whether it be your body, your mind or your life, eventually, something will give. Conversation is about compromise—and for everyone, that will be different. But, in this world where honesty is so hard to come by, I hope we continue to seek out that electric edge and demand the truth from ourselves and the people we love, continue to shine the light on what it means to be human, and ultimately share it with others. We all need to believe in something. Believe in what makes you human. About the Author/Photographer From high-angle photography to on-the-ground journalism and everything in between, Kieran's approach is to find the essence, the simplest response, that which arises when we let go of expectation and give in to the conversation. He is based out of Squamish, B.C. Blue Belle Common Harebell (Campanula Rotundofilia) is a small flower that grows in high places. The Haida would tell their children that if they broke these flowers, then rain would surely come. Brette Harrington carefully manoeuvred past the purple flora, and the grey skies held back their showers. New Life (5.11c), North Walls, Stawamus Chief, Squamish.

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