have been called heroes, amateurs, reckless die-wishers, super
While we ourselves find it hard to explain why we do what we do and what
it is exactly that we are seeking.
Yet, the sudden absence from everyday life routine, completely parted
from the usual problems, spending time mostly figuring out the next meal
- it does something to you.
Along with the unobscured views of blue mountains, the lonely sound
of your own breath, the long suppressed thoughts - usually hidden
somewhere back in your brain - suddenly finding their way to you in the
monotonous rhythm of the climb. Bringing with them ideas of change,
realizing the habits in your life that are sprung from long-term routine,
instead of getting you were you really aim.
To that - the short span of time during which you will go through so
many intense, opposite emotions; fear, triumph and frustration. This
finally bringing out the courage youíll need to adjust your compass
towards the future you truly hope for once back home again.
And - in the end - after getting so dramatically exposed in so short
time; gaining new reflections on this world, mankind, loved ones and the
eternal question of purpose. This is the Everest Enigma. Reserved for
those taking the time to listen.
Everest climbers are just as alike, yet all different from each other,
as a crowd on a Manhattan street. Everest is a scene of personalities
from all parts of the world, sharing a dream while facing fears and
We are not entirely good, or entirely bad. Some of us will stop and
help someone in need, some of us will just hurry by. Some might even
snap a picture; and others just silently saves somebodyís life.
Also, our motives to climb differ. Some hope for fortune, or fame and
honor. Others climb just to fulfill a dream, or - so close to death -
find a meaning in life. Climbing Everest offers a challenge that makes a
major difference in most climbers lives. Yet the experience brings
different things to different climbers and we are all there for our own
At home, you are protected by a smooth system of basic
needs taken care of. There are laws, a police force, courts and
hospitals that take care of everything so you donít have to. Itís easy
to say and THINK that you would react in a certain way if you were truly
needed in a life and death situation. Or when forced to take a stand
between right and wrong.