Aware of the Mountain
traces the author's climbing experience, with its difficulties and its inspiration, and indicates ways that mountaineering and yoga together can be used to better understand life. Yoga is shown to be a tool for increasing awareness of ego which is pivotal in changing personality. Otherwise, climbing can become an end in itself, unimportant to the development of relationships and personal philosophy.
Mountain climbing, (as all of life), can be viewed as a process, as compared to purely goal orientation, allowing the climber to absorb more from the action and assessment, less from achieving the objective of a climb.
A mountain trip is a compressed learning experience; in the crucible of fear and fatigue, self-concepts, personality, and emotions are all tested. Each climb is like a different life experience. The author's adventures are often influenced by the local cultures in Nepal, India, and Greece. And in the peaks of western Canada and the United States the climbers he admired or otherwise provided lessons for a searching mind.