Mark Milburn wrote:
There are valid points on both sides of this argument.
Mark, what are the "valid" points to poaching it? The only points I've seen are to the tune of "because I don't think I should have to pay" - which, if you consider valid, could be an excuse for stealing anything.
2_Salukis - I should have clarified myself. I do not condone "poaching", stealing, or anything of the sort. Karma is real, whatever spiritual way you believe or wish to clarify it as. However, I do believe in what Skasgaard
brought up -
But, then I'm reminded of that native American query, "How can you buy or sell the earth?"
You could get into a massive philosophical discussion about this, but I will only speak for myself in saying I don't want it bad enough to pay for it. There are tons of peaks that are free to climb and enjoy...as they should be. I don't have a problem with people paying for Culebra to complete their 14er list. That's great! I don't need Culebra or Red on "my" list...why? Because it's my list. I'm climbing for myself and no one else. I have nothing to prove to anyone save myself.
If I do end up climbing it someday, it will only be to spend time with my inner, dark, pirate poaching ninja self.
. . .Now, after the hours of torment . . . I have nothing more to do than breathe . . .I am nothing more than a single, narrow, gasping lung, floating over the mists and the summits.