Inspiring passion in family and friends has more enduring value than just staying alive for them.
When you remove the risk, you remove the challenge. When you remove the challenge, you wither on the vine.
It's the journey toward doing these harder climbs that really gives value to the whole activity of climbing.
It's wonderful to be back. Back among the mountains that remind us of our vulnerability, our ultimate lack of control over the world we live in. Mountains that demand humility, and yield so much peace in return.
Rather than being a risk-taker as such, I consider myself and my climbing peers to be risk-controllers, and we just enjoy being in this situation and keeping risk at a reasonable level.
There are two kinds of climbers, those who climb because their heart sings when they're in the mountains, and all the rest.
This trip is about friendship, being in the hills with good friends and focusing on everyone's goals and aspirations.
I think climbing is less a sport and more a hobby, and as such, I think everybody's a beginning climber.
Identifying and overcoming natural fear is one of the pleasing struggles intrinsic to climbing.
I often start into these trips knowing that there's an underlying purpose that transcends merely climbing a peak.
The best climber in the world is the one that has the most fun.