Isn’t it beautiful? Awe inspiring?
I once had a strong desire towards climbing Mount Everest. I knew I had the physical and mental capability for making that trip, successfully climbing to the top of the mountain and actually getting down off the mountain, an utterly overlooked process.
I visited a friend in San Antonio in the early 2000’s; while there I saw the movie inspired by Jon Krakauer’s book, “Into Thin Air.” After that viewing, I said “f*** that.” The first being that people can and do die up there, even without screwing up. Bad weather, a step in the wrong place, an earthquake … you are dead. Not only do you die, hundreds of other people now making that trip see your frozen lifeless corpse there, unable to be moved due to the difficult task of removing the carcass. Oh, did I mention the wind, and the chance to pay > $50,000 to die there? Like I said, f that.
I once had a climb of Mount Everest on my bucket list. No more. Brave, gifted climbers have an eternal resting place on that mountain. I decided I didn’t want it to be the last thing done on my bucket list. I’d take up just about anything else before 8500 meter mountain climbing.