I often get people around me who can’t even imagine why one person would want to climb.
These american climbers have been around the crags, and have asked around to other climbers one simple question : “Why do you climb?”
Here are the answers they got :
Beyond the obvious rewards of climbing, such as the spectacular views, the health benefits, the interesting characters and the exotic travel, many people climb because it provides them with something they can’t find anywhere else. Seasoned climbers sometimes answer the question “Why do you climb?” with the short and easy answer, “If you have to ask, you’ll never understand.”
However, it’s a good question to ask. Besides attempting to justify the associated risks, the question delves into the essence of the human spirit. It touches on who we are and where we are going. When we stop exploring and pushing ourselves to new heights (pun intended), we will begin to devolve.