Rock climbing adventure reminds writer that he is no longer young

If you were to ask me who one of my real-life heroes is, without hesitation I would name naturalist and preservationist John Muir (1838-1914), founder of the Sierra Club in 1892.  Yep, I’m one of those nature loving tree-huggers (but at least I do not wear Birkenstock sandals or sip latte-cappuccino flavored coffee).  I had spent my entire youth following his sage advice: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” Thus I had hiked, backpacked and camped in almost every forest, park and wilderness areas in the Sierra…

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