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I cannot advise you which to take, or lead you through it all— you must decide for yourself— but I can tell you the ways of either course. On one side beetling cliffs shoot up, and against them pound the huge roaring breakers of blue-eyed Amphitrite— the Clashing Rocks they’re called by all the blissful gods. No ship of men has ever approached and slipped past— always some disaster—big timbers and sailors’ corpses whirled away by the waves and lethal blasts of fire. On the other side loom two enormous crags… One thrusts into the vaulting sky its jagged peak, hooded round with a dark cloud that never leaves— And halfway up that cliffside stands a fog-bound cavern gaping west toward Erebus, realm of death and darkness— past it, great Odysseus, you should steer your ship.

But I’ve gotten disoriented before. A forty-mile solo trip in Paria Canyon comes to mind. There was a stretch about a third of the way into the canyon when I completely lost track of where I was. I hiked roughly five miles downstream before I found a landmark that indicated an exact position on my map. This became critical, because I needed to find the exit trail before night fell. When you’re looking for an entry/exit, sometimes being fifty yards off-route can hide the way. So now I pay close attention to my map.

No ship of men has ever approached and slipped past— always some disaster—big timbers and sailors’ corpses whirled away by the waves and lethal blasts of fire. On the other side loom two enormous crags… One thrusts into the vaulting sky its jagged peak, hooded round with a dark cloud that never leaves— And halfway up that cliffside stands a fog-bound cavern gaping west toward Erebus, realm of death and darkness— past it, great Odysseus, you should steer your ship. Scylla lurks inside it—the yelping horror, yelping, no louder than any suckling pup but she’s a grisly monster, I assure you.

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