Want to learn about one of the craziest adventure ideas I have…? Keep reading!
What has been the craziest idea you’ve come up with? Move country? Quit your secure job and travel the world on a shoestring budget? Or apprehensively launch yourself from a perfectly good aeroplane at 14,000 feet? Ideas are like the ocean waves of our minds. Some we let crash and roll on by yet others plague into our conscious minds and ripple into our daily lives.
One idea that has plagued my mind since August 4th has been to scale Mt Everest, affectionately known as the third pole. The idea first enveloped to the forefront of my mind at Oscar Cooper cafe in Melbourne while Pinteresting extreme adventure activities. Mt Everest didn’t actually appear in the search results. I saw a picture of a bridge walk in Canada that triggered the Everest idea. Since then my obsession with Everest ensued.
The first person I contacted was a high school friend that, of all the people I know, would join me (screenshot text). She basked in the enthusiasm but by the following day, her wits subtended her irrational decision making and it reverted to a solo expedition. I immediately recognized that I would be hard-pressed finding someone who is just as crazy as me.
Over the past 2 weeks, my research concludes the following.
- Only 4000ish people have succeeded to hike the summit of 29,035 feet.
- 1 in 10 people die trying and most deaths occurs during descent between 26,000 and the summit.
- Many get airlifted or turnaround due to extreme altitude sickness.
- It’s super expensive. Hikers fork out between $35,000-$65000.
- All successful summiters report the experience as life-changing that exceeds any financial cost. Closer relationships with friends and family, a deeper appreciation for life.
- It requires immense training and preparation. Beside the exemplary level of fitness and health required; training involves avalanche awareness; use of ice picks, ice screws, crampons, hypoxic and mental fitness training (visualisation exercises), ropes, and experience climbing glaciated mountains.
- The people that train for it have lower perceived threat levels than those that elect to be accountants in life (I don’t mean to offend the bookkeepers of the world).
I have considered the facts. I have considered death. I would be foolhardy not to. I have spent so much time asking my adventure brain why. Why Mt Everest? I asked Google and I’ve looked at why other guys do it. Their reasons don’t fire off an immediate reaction of YES… THAT’S IT!! I have told my friends that I cannot find the reason why I am obsessing over it. Why now? Why this stage of my life?
One friend said the answer may come post-climb.
I don’t think it’s about Mt Everest. I don’t even think the physical mountain is my biggest challenge. The biggest mountain I will ever have to climb first is the one inside my mind. It’s the mountain of internal fear, feelings of incompetence or inadequacy; feelings of not being good enough, strong enough, able enough. I think the challenge of breaking through these roadblocks will set me on a course for greater things in life. Sure, for some, a firewalk might be the antidote.
My thoughts will continue…
What is your greatest adventure idea? What is something that either you or the world around you think is crazy (but you want to do it anyway)?