Photographer's Note

The climb to the top of the peak, Chachani (6009m), was an enourmous physical and mental challenge, and the feeling when I reached the top was one of the most memorable moments of my life. It was a great achievement for me.

But what I thought about after a while sitting marvelling the view and the sun's warmth, was that this was no great achievement for the natural world around me. I was no more than a dot in its long history.

A greater story appeared around me - the depth of the mountains behind me; the scorching rays of the sun; the strength of the wind swirling the sand collected over billions of years.

The reward at 6009m was not about myself, but rather this great gift of nature.

(Photo taken by our guide with instructions given by my mate to the left. Post-processing by myself).

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