Recently I hiked to the top of Black Mountain, on Montebello Ridge (Elevation: 2700 ft., Cupertino, CA). The last hour of the ascent was steep, I was sweating and taking brief rest stops every 100 feet. One middle-aged man went right by me, to the top, without rest stops. Two elderly men, in their mid-seventies passed me by, heading back down from the summit. I am inspired by these hikers, and by:
John Muir: He walked 1000 miles, from the Indiana to Florida.Then he took a ship to San Francisco, CA and walked to Yosemite: he hiked in this very mountainous region for the rest of his life. He encouraged the creation of Yosemite National Park and he founded the Sierra Club.
Carmelo Flores Laura: 123 years old (?) who enjoys walking every day, at 16,000 feet elevation, in the Andes mountains (region of lake Titicaca, Bolivia) of South America.
Don Jose (Huichol, known as “Matsuwa”): he lived to be more than 100 years old, hiking daily in the Sierra Madre mountains of central western Mexico.
Tenzing-Norgay, (Sherpa) [see movie: The conquest of Everest, Re-visited 1953 -2003] of Nepal, guided the first successful climb of Mt Everest, and taught mountain hiking/climbing skills in Nepal. Sherpas have been reported to carry loads of 60 to 70kg, (equal to their body weight) hiking at elevations of 16,000 and higher.
These people continued hiking in the mountains well into old age.
Many luminous places and natural places of power are found on ridges, hill and mountain tops, and on – or near volcanoes. To be in good shape and capable of mountain hiking is a prerequisite for enjoying these remote places.
(c) Paul C Adams 2013