In the Canadian Rocky Mountains it is a tradition when there is no solution to a problem, or the burdens of the day are just too much to handle, "Let's have a cuppa tea" somehow changes the look of even the worst problems. Mary Conway exemplified this when she wrote in the Alpine Club of Canada Journal in 1948:
A tea tent is certainly a morale booster in any camp and I can only weep for my lost youth in the 'States where I was unaware that such refinements existed. Aside from its merits as a beverage, tea has a unique psychological value. How many parties would have been stranded high in the mountain vastness had not the prospect of tea called forth superhuman feats of effort and skill! How many little tidbits of gossip would have died an undernourished death had not the tea tent provided an audience. If I learned nothing else from my stay in Canada, I am forever grateful that I learned to appreciate that nectar of the mountain gods, hot tea.
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