My friend Larry Routt took this photo last year as we walked along a ridge in Nepal. It was bright, sunny and pleasant where we were, but Everest looked downright hostile. I don’t mind hiking within sight of it, but I’ll leave it to the young guys to actually climb that massive behemoth. Meanwhile, I have my mind on the Accursed Mountains over in the Balkans where I plan to hike later this year. More on that later. Stay vertical and keep walking — a sure cure for the blues. (Photo by Larry Routt, all rights reserved).