Many people have been getting too casual about climbing Everest. I forecast a disaster many times.
Life's a bit like mountaineering - never look down.
On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.
I really haven't liked the commercialization of mountaineering, particularly of Mt. Everest. By paying $65,000, you can be conducted to the summit by a couple of good guides.
When you go to the mountains, you see them and you admire them. In a sense, they give you a challenge, and you try to express that challenge by climbing them.
There is something about building up a comradeship - that I still believe is the greatest of all feats - and sharing in the dangers with your company of peers. It's the intense effort, the giving of everything you've got. It's really a very pleasant sensation.
I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.
Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
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