Last October 11, 2014, I had the chance to climb with Markus Hogenschurz a German engineer whose passion of scaling every highest mountain in every country around the world. If taken all at once, it probably is. You cannot summit a mountain in one step – it’s too far, it’s too steep. By this time in my career, I had been developing a reputation as a diamond exploration geologist because of my research on kimberlites and lamproites At the end of the phone call, I gave him directions to my office.
Over the decades, our courses have ranged from experiential learning trips and teacher training to field trips that take learning beyond the classroom into mountain wilderness areas. But at least many gold myths have some credibility that may start as a rock filled with pyrite (fool’s gold) and grow into a Mountain of Gold as the myth is fertilized through time.
Building a new site gives us a chance to automate the robotic parts of the work that goes into running Dark Mountain – so we can give more attention to the parts where we get to be human. The six-minute journey to the mountain station felt much longer when I was distracted by the scenery around me.
The panoramic view and the stunning nature’s beauty which mountaineers can find at the peak is just one of a kind. I want to be in the kitchen preparing food, enjoying that process of translating the fell into a meal which will feed our friends with the time and love it took to exist.
The volume outside goes up again, and we are compelled to video the view from the living room – the path around the house becoming a cascade now. But each time I look at it, I’m reminded of the summer I spent on the mountain top. I was amazed at the start of our little life change at the myriad of mountain bikes out there to tempt all levels of ability and certainly all sizes of wallet.