Back in the fifth-century B.C., Sun Tzu advised military leaders to take high ground to ensure victory, in The Art of War. In second grade I got seven stitches playing “King of the Hill.” I was willing to lay all 90 pounds of my being on the line for temporary claim of the playground’s snow bank. It was an innate will to dominate and protect my keep from an elevated position, where I could see danger coming. So when I heard about the Empire Hill Climb in northern Michigan, I had to see a slice of the action.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/09/17/the-art-of-the-hill-climb