people think that safety depends on reason and technique and that
rituals, superstitions, and belief in magic belong to a bygone era.
But is it really that simple?
the bottom of the long crack that I plan to reach [...] some rock flakes
are jutting out; they look like a hand held out in offering. Perhaps
it will be possible to lasso them and pull myself up there ... I then
tie a whole set [...] of knots in the end of the rope, hoping that this
sort of rope octopus will eventually get stuck somewhere."
can one not think of ancient symbolism when listening to
W. Bonatti recount his first ascent
of the famous Dru