"This is the human paradox of altitude: that it both exalts the individual mind and erases it. Those who travel to mountain tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion."
Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind.
My guides now for sale on the Rapha site…
Having written about the Puy de Dôme recently @m_xl got in touch with some more photos from the French volcano.
Look closely at the second image and you can see the shadow of the volcano as the sun rises behind. The road is closed but wake up early and you can get up early.
"The moment when actors are about to expire is perhaps the suitable one to write history: one can glean their evidence without sharing all their passions.… I have pitied the combatants and freely applauded the generous spirits."
- Adolphe Thiers, preface to Histoire de la Révolution Française, 1838.
"I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity… As a matter of course, my enemies referred the insanity to the drink, rather than the drink to the insanity."
- Edgar Allen Poe, educated on Stoke Newington Church St.
Spend the years of learning squandering
Courage for the years of wandering
Through a world politely turning
From the loutishness of learning
Samuel Beckett, 1934
"I can negotiate having a social life living in a city, or I can be an artist. I found I can’t do both … Britain has become so complex to be poor in. At least if I am skint here, I can look at the mountains."