It is early July

It is early July. The narrator of the story and an old man climb to the top of a crag on Helseggen Mountain on the coast of Norway in the province of Nordland and the district of Lofoden. The precipice is more than 1,500 feet above the ground.After the old man catches his breath, he seats himself on the brink of the cliff and says he is not as old as he looks. What whitened his hair and aged his body, he says, was a terrifying experience lasting six hours. Frightened by the height and unnerved by the precarious position of his companion, the narrator keeps well back from the edge of the cliff, clinging to shrubs