“It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.” –Gustav Mahler
Look carefully at the top of the dramatic, finger-like rock formation, and you’ll see a tiny human silhouette.
Enjoying dinner in Meteora, Greece, home to magnificent monasteries perched upon mountaintops, we were awed watching this rock climber reach the top of a formation called Adrachti, which translates to ‘spindle’ in Greek. Once he arrived at the summit, the climber admired the sunset for a time, before quickly descending.
An afternoon later, we would hike to the base of Adrachti, gaining an even greater appreciation for this climber’s great accomplishment. We pondered how much longer this odd formation will remain standing, and how it came to be formed.