Julian Sands talked about ‘dangerous’ mountaineering in his last interview

Julian Sands, the British actor who was confirmed dead last week after disappearing while hiking in the mountains, once spoke of “dangerous” mountaineering in an interview.

In his last UK interview with Radio Time, conducted six months before his discovery, Sands described climbing as “comforting and a kind of existentialist self-denial, but also self-affirmation”, adding “if you can do Faced with dangerous mountains, you can certainly face the life of an actor – the two are quite complementary.

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The interview is published in the latest issue of the Radio Times. Sands was reported missing near Mount Baldy in Southern California on January 13. He was 65 years old. hiking in the snowy Baldy Bowl region, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles. He was an experienced mountaineer, but the conditions in the mountains had been dangerous, with the potential for avalanches.

“The buddies I used to climb with have stopped going to the mountains, partly because they find that with climate change the rock faces have become much more unstable, partly because of age,” Sands said during the interview. “If you don’t really have the desire, the focus to climb a road, if you’re not absolutely committed, it becomes a lot more dangerous and it’s a much more deflating experience.”

Sands also said in the interview, “I’ve found some scary things about the mountains, when you know you’re in a place where a lot of people have lost their lives, whether it’s on the Eiger or in the Andes. . You may come across human remains and it can be scary. It’s not necessarily supernatural, it’s perhaps too natural — what I would call hypernatural. You are in the presence of the great nature and the great nature reveals itself in all its power. It can take us over a threshold of hypersensitivity into a realm of natural forces.

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