Lofty Ambition

If you have no skills at rock climbing, how do you get to the top of a seemingly sheer rock face? Why, you take the stairs, of course. The staircase you can see here has a series of switchbacks of moderate steepness, then becomes much more ladder-like for the long ascent to the top. In fact, the higher staircase bore a striking resemblance to the ladder to the loft (in the cabin at Waskesiu), so the descent was made simpler by my years of experience at the forward-facing downward climb. A tough slog was given humble perspective by the man at the summit who serves tea and obviously climbs the mountain as a part of his workday routine.

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