| I would rather face whole Hyde Parks of
artillery than the ghastly forms of death which he has faced among the peaks
and precipices of the mountains. There is probably no pleasure equal to
the pleasure of climbing a dangerous Alp; but it is a pleasure which is
confined strictly to people who can find pleasure in it. I have not jumped
to this conclusion; I have traveled to it per gravel train, so to speak.
I have thought the thing all out, and am quite sure I am right. A born climber's
appetite for climbing is hard to satisfy; when it comes upon him he is like
a starving man with a feast before him; he may have other business on hand,
but it must wait.
- A Tramp Abroad
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