What I Learned When I Climbed a Mountain

November 24, 2014 4:30 PM

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"What made me think I wanted to climb a mountain?" I asked myself out loud. We were in day one, hour three of the slow, extremely strenuous, even boring trudge toward the summit of Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountain Range of Morocco.

But there I was, in September, with 31 others, on a physical challenge so tough my brain couldn't have anticipated it. It wasn't supposed to be this way. We were thinking more hike than climb; we should have asked more questions.

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