The Hillary Step

I am almost to the summit.  One final push.  It just happens to be the craziest part of the whole thing.  With all the logistical planning and painting going on around here I don’t even get to enjoy much of it.  I feel like it is really hard to get paintings done now and it is even harder to upkeep the blog.  But this week the gifts have been affected.  I still did them….there just wasn’t as much connection to them.  I am feeling the pressure for sure.  On Mt. Everest there is a technically demanding section called the Hillary Step.  It is near the top.  From what I have read it isn’t all that hard to deal with except you have little oxygen and can’t think straight.  Plus you have to rope climb up a ladder that can sometimes be so crowded you have to wait an hour or more….standing there.  Panicking.  If you run out of oxygen….you could die.  At that altitude your body is dying anyway.  But once you pass the Hillary step it is a short hike to the summit.  Then you are on top of the world.  I feel like getting my stuff to Burning Man is kind of like reaching the summit.  Sadly, at the summit one thing probably sets itself in climber’s heads…..”I am only half way there.  I have to go back down.”  I am feeling that, too….I am going to have to deal with all kinds of stuff when I get back home.  Postings, KickStarter Reward Paintings, Art Shows that I probably should have turned down, work, normal life….grieving the end of the Gift Prolific.  I have a ways to go yet.  Thanks for holding on to this thing.  Your support has kept me pushing ahead, one step at a time.  There is a line in one of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs that says “Autum’s sweet, we call it fall…..I will make it to the moon if I have to crawl.”  Thinking about my year analogy and that Fall is the end….the harvest of all of my good feelings about this project.  I am going to get there somehow.

This is what I have been painting for 2 days.  It is probably going to be gifted away at the burn.  It will be on display in Center Camp Cafe….for all 60,000 people to see.  It is far from done.  I hope to make a good stab at it today.


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My name is Joshua Coffy and I am an artist living in San Francisco. You can see my art at as well. Thanks for your time.
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One Response to The Hillary Step

  1. Joni says:

    Thanks for shining the light and leading the way. An image just popped into my head that giving is like a flashlight or a torch in the darkness, illuminating the next few steps of the path.

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