Photo Essay – Climbing Mt. Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park

Why Do You Climb Mountains?

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

“Ambal, tell me again, why do you have trudge up these hills and mountains? Why do you go on these high-altitude hikes? What is up there?”

It is difficult to answer this question. There is so many dimensions to climbing.

Here is one of the answers – Visual Treat.

Check out this short 360-degree view from Clouds Rest at 9,931 ft. Sorry about the shaky phone video – the winds were quite strong.

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat. - Ambal Balakrishnan

Climbing North Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park

Kumar and I hiked North Peak in Mt. Diablo State Park today.

It was a hot day and the hike was not easy. But, the beautiful views of the valley below kept me going.

I felt on top of the world.

This is what it really takes to climb any mountain (both the real and the metaphorical). Put one foot in front of another. And, repeat.