In search of a replacement term for the so-called “spiritual”

There I was, in the bright sunshine, sitting on an ample ledge about 100 metres from the ground on a sheer face of rock in the outcrop called Mt Arapiles. I had just completed a lead climb up the face of a route called “The Spiral Staircase”. It wasn’t a particularly hard route, but I had some hairy moments when it started bucketing rain at about the halfway point of the pitch, my feet were slipping and the handholds were less...

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