"Mountaineering is like going to war. Boundaries are crossed, lines are blurred, nothing is sacred. When climbing as a pair alone in the wilderness you are forced to test your mental, physical and moral limits. A heavy pack can make the difference between success and failure. With this in mind extra rack, clothes, sleeping bags, food, spoons and full length tooth brushes are cast aside."
"Mountaineering is like a religious faith in one way, he said, because it defies reason. And climbing Everest is the ultimate irrational act."
"Mountaineering is like hitting your head with a hammer," Murkowski says. "It only feels good when you stop."
"In the present day of mountaineering with most of the true essence gone and mountaineers fighting it out for money and fame, Gombu's message to all had been, "Mountains cannot be conquered, and mountaineering is like a pilgrimage. We have been paying our respects to the mountains for generations. For mountaineering to sustain as an adventure sport team spirit and love for the sport is the need of the day. Mountaineering can never be commercialized."
"Mountaineering is like skydiving or quantum physics: it looks intimidating at first, but once you discover the structure, you realize it is one more thing that you can do. And it is well worth doing."
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