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2008-06-14 01:28:34
Mountain climbing is one thing I'll never understand. Of course, it is monumentally difficult, but it is also so unnecessary. There are so many other monumentally difficult things to accomplish in life that could make a positive impact on the world - and with greater benefit than simply stroking the egos of the climbers who can say (if they survive) that they "accomplished" this feat. I suppose it is like the Olympics in a way - the challenge of overcoming otherwise unsurmountable odds and being able to say that you were the "best" at something. It is interesting, after all, to see "the best of the best" in sports, but I don't like to see athletes destroy themselves over that either. But after seeing pics of climbers with their noses, hands, and feet frozen off with gangrene, and after seeing how much these people suffer (and many die) when they are up there, I just don't get it. Isn't life tough enough without putting oneself through all of that unnecessary torment? Maybe not. Maybe life is so easy for some, otherwise, that they have to create their own hells just to make living seem worthwhile. Personally, I have not enjoyed any of the hells I have been through and would not opt for one voluntarily. I'm sure there will be MANY people here who will set me straight on this, and I apologize ahead of time if I offend anyone, but for me, I just don't get it. Enlighten me.