I have just been to see the new film Everest, and am so moved and inspired by it that I felt compelled to share it. Based on a true story, the film follows an expedition group of mountaineers as they attempt the climb to the summit.
Climbing a mountain of any sort for any level of experienced hiker, let alone Mount Everest, has to be the most challenging trip you could possibly embark on – both mentally and physically. Mount Everest is literally located at the top of the world, rising 8850 meters above sea level. As soon as it was crowned the world’s tallest mountain, people inevitably had to climb it. And just as inevitably, many of them failed. While more than 2,200 people have succeeded, nearly 200 have lost their lives attempting the climb.
So why climb Everest? The most famous answer to this question came from climber George Mallory – and is also echoed in the film: “Because it is there.” Though he was likely responding in frustration after being asked the same question so many times, his answer succinctly cuts to the heart of the matter.
Whilst I know that I have neither the desire nor the capability of ever attempting something on this scale, it inspired me in many ways. I loved that each individual in the group had come with a common goal, from different backgrounds and different stories, and all for a different purpose. And while many did not succeed, the courage they had to embark on that journey in the first place and follow their dreams is something I would like to take away with me for other aspects of life and travel.
(*Feature image is not my own – I wish it was!)