Summiting Every Day

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

What fun I’ve been having grunting and sweating and summiting every day. The summits are by no means impressive — 30- ¬†or 40-minute climbs — but I’ve gotten past the idea of resting every third day or even every fourth. Now I take a day off once a week.

The climbing poles are a big part of this. It’s like having a railing up and down, so I don’t have knee or ankle strain. Bicycling is great for reducing stress on the joints, but I think climbing with poles is even better because the workout is more intense.

As some wag pointed out, it’s like beating up someone you hate — in a 100 per cent constructive way.

It has brought new clarity to my thinking, a kind of awakening, but above all it has brought, day after day, great happiness.

It’s a lot like following His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Twitter, which I have also done, and you should, too. There is no downside.