VIRGO: September 10-16

In 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard were the first explorers to reach the top of 15,781-foot Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border. They were hailed as heroes. One observer wrote the ascent was “an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed impossible.” Yet now, 228 years later, the climb is considered rather easy for anyone reasonably prepared. In a typical year, 20,000 people make the summit. You’re beginning to master a skill that initially requires you to be like Balmat and Paccard, but will soon be easier.