Beautiful descriptions of climbing combined with a thought-provoking message. Micheli Oliver’s personal essay is a powerful read.

I take a moment to remember how amazing it is to be alive before I dip my hand into chalk again and press my toe into a crystal knob, transfer my weight and reach up to seize a pocket so sharp it cuts into my calluses. I know that I’m strong enough for this route with my ancestors standing behind me even as I make one more move, become too exhausted and fall.