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Denial on Denali. May and June, 2008


“I was slumped over my ice axe gasping for breath as I headed up the ice headwall between Camp Four and the high camp from which you head to the summit. As I tried to extract as much oxygen as I could out of the thin air at around 4700m, I heard an indeterminately eastern European climber behind me say: “This is craziness… but it’s magnificent craziness.” I agreed and would have said so if that hadn’t required me to divert breath from replenishing my blood-oxygen levels.”
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