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@Philreedshikes I feel you there, it's almost overwhelming to think about how many amazing places there are out there to backpack. The Grand Canyon has been on my list for so long it almost feels like an old friend...even though I have never been there.
I've been meaning to ask you since I saw Heinrich Harrer's 'The White Spider' on your book shelf: when you were living in Europe did you ever travel and see the Eiger? I have exactly zero desire to ever climb it, but it was a pretty integral piece of my 'education' of mountains and climbing history. There have been so many movies made and books written that, in my mind at least, it has achieved a legendary status. I've always wanted to travel and look up at it. I was curious if you had and if it lived up to the hype that I am building up in my mind.