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Olá!

O Núcleo de Montanha de Espinho foi fundado em 1996 entre uns pães quentes com manteiga da padaria Aipal e as urzes trazidas dentro das botas das Serras do Gerês e da Freita. Nessa altura éramos um pequeno grupo de rapazes que havia descoberto o vício da escalada desportiva e, com a mesada de cada um, lá conseguimos comprar uma corda dinâmica. A partir daí, cada via encadeada era uma aventura épica! A Serra do Pilar cedo passou a ser o nosso local de treinos. Aos fins de semana lá seguíamos para Valongo, Póvoa do Lanhoso, Penha ou para a Redinha se arranjássemos uma boleia. Várias foram as vezes em que senti as pernas a tremer e suores frios a percorrerem-me as costas enquanto agrafava uns míseros cristais e puxava a corda para chapar…

Também várias foram as vezes em que voei parede abaixo sempre à espera de sentir a corda começar a amortecer a queda. Porquê?

 Ask George!

 

The first question you will ask and which I must try to answer is this, ‘what is the use of climbing Mount Everest ?’ and my answer at once must be, ‘It is no use’. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single foot of earth that can be planted with crops to raise food. It’s no use. So, if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.

Sir George Leigh Mallory, 1922