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I have been reading this site for a long time but am a first time poster.
I an interested in learning about climbing and do some in the future.
At this point I have only hiked long overnights and some small climbs.
Before I was sidelined by an accident I had competed in a few Ironman triathlons and countless ultra runs and marathons. I always understood the "don't stop no matter what" but some of the stories on TV I have seen take it to another level.
While I ended up in the medical tent on occasion I never thought there was a chance I could actually die.
I was also very shocked by Jon Krakauer's book as well.
This all leads to a question about another story though.
I saw a story a while back on either National Geographic or the Discovery.
It was about a guy who loved to climb and take risks.
He was a bit crazy though. He would exercise when he was up at altitude, doing push ups and sit ups.
He also would bring his espresso Machine so he could OD on caffeine.
The part of the story that I found conflicting was he had a family at home. His wife claimed it was who he was but it was clear he was not going to stop until he died up there. Eventually he did fall and die.
I remember thinking how unfair it was for his wife and kids. If you want kids why spend more than half of you like away.
I can see doing it once or twice to succeed but it sure seem crazy to me.
I just did not understand I guess and that is why I'm interested in learning more about him rather than just criticize him
As I said it was a story on TV, but I wonder if there is a book.
If anyone has any info on the show or story I would appreciate it.
Thanks and Take Care