The Summit Summary

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The Summit Summary

The Summit Introduction

Adventure and the world of nature the arduous task of reaching the highest summit in the world makes the climber reflect on the ‘internal summits’ which are, perhaps, higher than the Everest. The text underscores the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the adventure from a single perspective. Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia was a member of the first successful Indian expedition to Mount Everest in 1965.

The Summit Summary of the Lesson

On reaching the summit. Major Ahluwalia felt elated. The first thing came that into his mind was ‘humility’. The vast surrounding and view from the top made him realize his victory.

He thanked God for his successful journey. He also realized that he had accomplished climbing the highest peak and thus left with no other higher peak further.

He talked about the changes one could have in the feeling of joy and thankfulness. Major was occupied with the thought although it was thing of the past. When Major was contemplating about reasons for climbing mountains the reasons popped out of his reasons.

One such reason is that he felt elated in ‘overcoming obstacles’. A climber should bear the hardships faced during climbing is endurance, persistence, and willpower.

Mountains fascinated Major since his childhood. It is one of the finest creations of the nature. He also believed that ‘mountains are a means of communion with God’. He couldn’t bear the separation from mountains.

He imparted the information regarding the summit that one feels victorious and happy once he successfully accomplishes the hardships of the journey. The exhaustive efforts turn into ‘exhilaration’ once the majestic Everest’s peak is climbed.

He called the experience as ‘mystic’ because of its beauty, aloofness, might, ruggedness and difficulties. He felt that it is difficult to find a reason of the summit for he had a natural desire.

He experienced that Everest climbing makes one conscious of one’s ‘smallness in this large universe’. One feels accomplishment and satisfaction of physical, emotional and spiritual desires.

A typical climb shares ropes, becomes firmer with each move of the preceding climbers. He learns from previous climbers, who share their experience to make it easier for other to follow and helps win over the obstacles with ease and preparations.

Sometimes a climber might feel divested because of the hardships, however, he recollects himself and push his limits, and also inspire the other fellows too.

The endeavors of a climber get paid off once he reaches the top. The serene beauty fascinates him. He explained the ‘surrounding peaks look like a jeweled necklace around the neck of your summit’.

Looking at valleys could be an ennobling, enriching experience. One gets fascinated by the God’s creation by submitting in his obedience. Various climbers left a relic, a cross orpecturo etc. not as a symbol of ‘conquest but of reverence’.

Major Ahluwalia experienced inside out* He wanted everyone ‘to climb his own mountain peak to win over himself. Then he would turn into a fearless, confident and resolute man. He felt that one’s inner self is an internal summit that needed to climb to conquer oneself.