Wonder what it's like to climb a really big, technical mountain? What about turning around before you reach the summit?
You can get a glimpse in this video by climbers Dave Morton and Melissa Arnot, who attempted 8,481-meter (27,825-foot) Makalu, fifth highest in the world, this spring.
Watch for the climbers' thoughts on the peak, the expedition, decision making, and some spectacular scenery. (I'll note that Arnot was my guide on Rainier last year during a Summit for Someone climb, and that I think she's pretty kick-ass.)
After Makalu, Morton and Arnot headed straight to Everest base camp (via helicopter) for another big climb, but ended up turning back from that peak's summit at Camp 4. The pair already have nine Everest summits between them, but it was still a "heartbreaker" of a season, wrote Morton in a First Ascent blog.
Wrote Arnot, "It is especially hard to end an expedition like this when your goals remain elusive, but we are both content. We put in an amazing amount of hard work, and we arrived back from the mountain safely, which is always our first goal."
Good reminders that while goals are important, success isn't only about reaching a glorified summit, but also about how you climb or hike or ski or whatever. Character and style count too.
via The Adventure Blog