This summer in Boulder I picked up a tiny set of prayer flags from Nepal. Their religious significance aside, they play a pretty iconic role in mountaineering, being in the background of the most epic photos ever taken, flying beside men and women far more adventurous than I, giving courage and blessings on long hard roads. I decided my little string would come with me on my adventures, and as I travel with them maybe they will help me be braver too.
Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring me all your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud-cloth Away from the too-rough fingers Of the world. - Langston Hughes