Holy ground. Is it fair or in any way accurate to suggest Mt. Everest is sacred space, perhaps especially in light of the fact that while over 3000 have conquered the mountain since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first did it in 1953, 225 have died on the mountain and remain there? Is it justifiable, therefore, to limit access to Everest? Or is it just a big mountain to climb, something to “tick off” one’s life achievement or “bucket” list? What about Banff National Park? I think back country access is already restricted in certain areas? Does this fact not suggest that we Canadians cherish or find some level of sacredness in the natural world that surrounds us, of which we are a part? What about church sanctuaries? Is it o.k. to wear ball caps and sip from open beer cans within the worship space of a church, or is it just a space? What about the holy ground that is our everyday lives, our encounters with others, our relationships?