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.