The parents raise their child as high as they can toward the summit. They used whatever leverage they can find. The toils of life desiccating the essence from their body, the parents turn to stone helping steady their position. Hopefully the child is in an advantaged spot to continue upwards as life is passed onwards. Looking down at her parents, the child sees generations of stone figures frozen in position to support their successors. She understands one day she may become a fixture on the side of the mountain, another step towards the peak.