9 years of climbing...many more backpacking..Summits of Whitney, Rainier, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro (Western Breach), Peak Lenin attempt (camp 2 2002 Mustagata, camp 2 2003), K2 Basecamp/Gondogoro Pass (2004), Everest ABC trek (19400' 2006). Spend most of my time in the High Sierra Mountains of California...love Mineral King.
"IF YOU AREN'T LIVING ON THE EDGE, YO'UR TAKING UP TOO MUCH SPACE. It has nothing to do with thrill-seeking. It's about making the most of every moment,about stretching your own boundaries, about being willing to learn constantly,and putting yourself in situations where learning is possible-sometimes even critical to your survival. Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn--and grow--the most." -- Jim Whittaker -- Life On The Edge; Memoirs of Everest And Beyond
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in Nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.-- Helen Keller