By Julius Evola
Evola articulates the shut dating among the actual rigors of hiking and the ascent of the start up towards self-transcendence.
Julius Evola, a number one exponent of esoteric inspiration, used to be additionally an ardent mountain climber who for my part scaled the peaks of the Tyrols, Alps, and Dolomites. For Evola the actual conquest of a mountain, with all of the braveness, self-transcendence and psychological lucidity that it involves, turns into an inseparable and complementary a part of non secular awakening. it really is no accident that many historical cultures selected mountains because the abodes in their gods and thought of the rigorous ascent of peaks because the job of heroes and initiates. nowa days, which are inclined to suffocate the heroic with bare self curiosity, the mountain nonetheless kinds a part of the profound size of spirit the place the soul unearths inside itself greater than what it proposal itself to be. In Meditations at the Peaks, Evola combines reminiscences of his personal reports with reflections on different inspirational women and men who shared his view of the transcendent greatness of mountains.
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These are the premises. On their basis one can join a purely physical training with psychic training (or should I say psychophysical) in which what acts is not so much a group of muscles, more or less developed, but rather a direct spiritual force; thus we shall see that some limitations encountered in the first type of training can be overcome by applying the second type. In specific regard to mountain climbs (by this term I do not mean acrobatic feats or the overcoming of vertical walls, but circumstances in which the climb, no matter how tough, always requires a certain continuous pace), we can distinguish between a common method and a method I characterize as an attack.
This was the only incident. Quite frankly, the fact that we did not experience any slides or losses of footholds in an adventure such as this one, conducted in the way that we did, seems to me to be more than a case of pure luck. The mountain ribs are about to end. Our eyes, which very often turn upward, instinctively and questioningly, now contemplate a sort of cliff with seracs and stalactites touched by the sun light. To our left, fragments of ice fall from above every now and then, at frightening speed, barely touching the mountain wall, bouncing off, piercing the air with a noise resembling that of bullets.
The following morning at seven o'clock I leave the shelter. Dense clouds at the horizon dim the light of the rising sun but the sky above is free and clean and the mountain is the color of lead. I patiently climb the scree; this is a task that requires my concentration because I often lose my balance with the frequent slides. I head toward the place where, according to the map, my assault on the mountain face should begin. I have to move to the left because the wall before me is totally vertical.