"Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion…..I go to them as humans go to worship. From their lofty summits I view my past, dream of the future and, with an unusual acuity, am allowed to experience the present moment…..my vision cleared, my strength renewed. In the mountains I celebrate creation. On each journey I am reborn."
- Annapurna basecamp memorial chorten for Mountaineer Anatoli Boukreev (1958-1997)