We have been called heroes, amateurs, reckless die-wishers, super humans...
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 you�ll 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
Only 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 setbacks together.
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 somebody�s 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 personal reasons.
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 don�t have to. It�s 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.