Nietzsche deserves to be the patron saint of mountaineering
1. Nietzsche apparently took notebooks with him whilst
on long walks in the mountains.
2. His Thus Spake Zarathustra begins with Zarathustra
experiencing an epiphany whilst in a cave on a mountain,
returning there later to reflect on the failure of the
common horde to appreciate his insights.
3. "A few hours’ mountain climbing turns a rogue and
a saint into two roughly equal creatures." The Wanderer
and His Shadow
4. "He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs
at all tragedies, real or imaginary." Thus Spake
(Many thanks to Nigel Tubbs for bringing
Nietzsche's great love of the mountains to my attention;
and for entries 1. and 2.)