Dispatch 26 from Everest / May 4, 2012

Henderson: Opening Our Eyes

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Climbing is not always about moving ourselves up.  Often it is about opening our eyes to different views.  Spending tent time in remote places has always helped me see things from a different perspective, whether it is things in my own life, problems to solve, or helping others.

It helps me, if nothing else, to be open to the views of others. People, if I agree with their view, is irrelevant. What matters is that I am open to another view.

Mountains provide me with the ability to see a different perspective.

This is one reason why I suggest that more people spend tent time in the mountains, to open their eyes. We all become healthier, physically and mentally when we are open to others.

Let's all spend more times in the mountains so we can open our eyes.

This post was written by Phil Henderson who is currently on Everest with the National Geographic and The North Face expedition.


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