MCR 26.2 Blog W8/20: Are you sleeping comfortably?

Two things have inspired me to write today’s blog. The first of those is a two, and it comes from reading ‘Two Hours’ by Ed Caesar. When considering those engaged in the pursuit of ever faster marathon times, Ed looks not just at never-before accomplished feats like the two hour marathon, but also the attempt to be the first to successfully summit Everest – the ‘great white fang, excrescent from the jaw of the world’ as Mallory described it.

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Hillary, Hunt and Norgay contemplating said excrescent fang

In chapter two Ed describes the attitude that those athletes and explorers looking to break new ground require:

“To reach the summit, the pioneer knows that he must endure more, live braver, plan better than his forebears – and that all these qualities will likely be insufficient.”

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