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Climbing Everest

June 25, 1989

As a member of a French expedition to ascend the unclimbed northeast ridge of Everest, I read with delight your editorial "Because It Is There" (June 18). It romanticizes an activity that draws scant attention by comparison to other sports such as basketball or boxing.

Climbing Everest is the unphilosophical abstraction to life itself. The climber senses, feels and eventually learns to know this as he struggles for the summit.

Our expedition, although small and privately organized, will celebrate the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights (Sept. 25, 1989) and the Declaration of Human Rights (Aug. 26, 1989) by placing a copy of each document on the summit.

P.S. This, my second unsponsored attempt, has left me broke.

THEO MAYER

Gardena

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