Honorary member of the Italian Academic Alpine Club acceptance speech is an eloquent statement on why we climb mountains

Whether you climb or not, you should read this speech. It will justify your actions provide you with ideas to defend our desire to climb, no matter the risk.

Bernard Amy is a well-known French mountaineer and President the French Observatoir pour les Pratiques de la Montagne et de l’ Alpinisme (OPMA). He was granted honorary membership in the Italian Academic Alpine Club (CAIC). His acceptance speech can be found here.

Mr. Amy’s speech should be read by every mountaineer and should be read by every person who is attempting to stop a mountaineer. Some Quotes:

Rather, in order to have mountaineering accepted as a risky activity, we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them.  In other words, we must not try to explain why we go to the mountains, but what we find there.

Like all passions, the passion for mountaineering is characterized by a permanent element of doubt, a continuous questioning of oneself about the sense of the activity. Be he young or old, a mountaineer needs to feel strong.  For this the social recognition of the group is essential.

These are valuable and strong statements by someone who has concentrated to find the thrill, the accomplishment and the satisfaction of standing on the summit.

Congratulations Mr. Amy on your honorary membership in the CAIC. Thank you for providing us support for our future endeavors to keep mountains open and mountain tops great places of worship for our soles.

Bernard Amy says we must explain what the mountains give us and what we learn from them

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