Mike Libecki and an old RAF officer

Mike Libecki is a rock climber who according to this story, “is on a one-man quest to conquer remote lands untouched by humans.”

Caught the piece on Nightline a few minutes ago and was fascinated by the incredible footage Mr. Libecki filmed as he climbs.

From the report,

He is drawn to extreme climbing not only as a way of discovering the unknown but also for the intensity of living in the moment and being totally consumed by the wilderness around him. “I’ve explained it as living in the ultimate now,” said Libecki. “Experiencing the ultimate moment of reality, where you’re so involved, you’re so entwined in what you’re doing, it’s so exotic that you’re not thinking in the past or the future. It’s just a ride of ultimate reality.”

After hearing this quote I was reminded of the words an “old, hard-bitten officer” in the Royal Air Force whom CS Lewis encountered after giving a talk. The officer’s words Lewis recorded for posterity in his classic, Mere Christianity,

I’ve no use for all that stuff [theology]. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal!

Wonder if they truly felt the presence of the God who is there? Wonder if they would concur with the words of the Apostle,

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

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