Thursday, March 27, 2014

192

Only 192 people as of today have climbed to the top of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen. I aim to be in the first 200. In 1978, there were only two people. In 2013 there were nine. This is a fantastic documentary on the 1978 first ascent without bottled oxygen. For the record, you can see Peter Habler's blue suit hanging on the wall behind the tents at Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. The point being, it was first done 36 years ago, and it is still a somewhat elusive club. More people dissappeared on commercial plane flights in March this year than have walked to the top without supplemental oxygen.

Find a small group, crowd into it, and aim to become the best in the world. The rewards, mental satisfaction, of being really good at something, and the chance to share that skill with others is immensly gratifying.

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