Change of pace

73849845-8E72-4B3D-B628-2A19D1D16578After a few days delay Mrs. Abstract and I finally drove up the mountains today. We were scheduled to leave on Monday but I did not feel well. I felt better last night. We brought a lot of food to limit trips to the grocery store and limit eating out in restaurants.

We will try to stay inside the condo. Walk and hike in the woods, reading and maybe writing. I play chess while Mrs. Abstract watch movies.

It’s quiet here in the mountains although when we arrived there were thunderstorms.

Books I am reading: Divine Comedy by Dante. Translated by Hollander & Hollander. I’m starting Roberto Bolaño 2666.




I’m always fascinated by mountain climbers. Some climbers have climbed the Seven Summits, the seven highest mountains in all 7 continents. Their commitment and perseverance to their craft for optimum performance inspire me. They give me an extra push and deprive me of excuses of not doing my simple act of walking five days a week.

Seven summits

  • Africa – Mt Kilimanjaro (5,892m; 19,340ft)
  • Antarctica – Vinson Massif (4,892; 16,050)
  • Australia – Mt Kosciuszko (2,228m; 7,310ft)
  • Oceania – Carstensz Pyramid (4,884m; 16,024ft)
  • Asia – Mt Everest (8,848m; 29,035ft)
  • Europe – Mt Elbrus (5,642m; 18,510ft)
  • North America – Mt McKinley (6,194m; 20,320ft)
  • South America – Aconcagua (6,962m; 22,841ft)

Highest mountains of each of the seven continents. List first postulated by Richard Bass includes Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain of mainland Australia. Reinhold Messner’s later list replaced Mt Kosciuszko with Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid

sources: everestnews

and: carstenszpapua