Always Above Us Life is a choice. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose what’s above you….

The Proper Function

Always Above Us

Experiencing loss can force one to live in only one moment at a time. Always Above Us is the story about a alpine climbers Conrad Anker and Kris Erickson as they endure their passion for climbing, despite the many hardships it has brought them. Hyalite Canyon in Montana is one of the most difficult ice climbs and lacks any remorse towards its history. It was December of 1998, less than a year before his untimely death, Alex Lowe did the first ascent by climbing the rock pitches with ice tools and crampons. Fifteen years later, Always Above Us follows these two climbers to honor their fallen friend.


Risk is a slow dance with the lady of fate in the ballroom of death – Conrad Anker

What’s Above You?

Climbing towards, running after, sprinting away from, repelling towards someone who has passed away forces you into a single moment. A moment that puts the world into perspective as manmade fears, philosophies and expectations crumble apart like a dirt clod thrown by a child. You will never lie upon your deathbed wishing you had worked more or made more money.  Bonnie Ware recently published a paper called the Regrets of the Dying. She worked for many years in palliative care and interviewed patients about their greatest regrets while in hospice. A few regrets to consider:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier

Life is a choice. It is YOUR choice. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose what’s above you and you will have lived within The Proper Function.




Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and founder of The Proper Function, an outdoor editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.