Why do people climb Mount Everest?

Mt. Everest: Why Do People Keep Climbing It? Climbing Mount Everest: Why Do People Take the Risk?

  1. Studies have shown that people who enjoy climbing Mount Everest perceive the experience differently than those who do not have a passion for it.

  2. It is a big dream

    People who climb Mount Everest perceive it as a lifelong dream that they wish to accomplish through intense preparations and commitment.

  3. The mountain is alluring

    Some people said that to them the mountain is enchanting and has magical qualities that attract the people to it.

  4. It is the highest mountain in the world

    People dream of reaching the top of the mountain as it is the highest mountain in the world and represents the ultimate achievement.

  5. It is a big challenge

    People who are adventurous and like to take on extreme challenges are attracted to the mountain.

  6. They are thrill seekers

    People who climb Mount Everest do so because they are thrill seekers and enjoy the feeling of achieving the impossible.

  7. It signals strength

    Psychologists suggest that some men attempt to climb the mountain as it makes them appear fit and strong to the opposite sex. (See Why do people skydive?)

  8. It elevates one’s status

    People who succeed in climbing the mountain instantly get praise and become higher in status, as they achieved one of the hardest tasks known to man.

  9. They feel proud

    People who reach the summit of the mountain instantly feel proud of themselves. This sense of gratification pushes people to go on such adventures.

  10. It tests your will-power

    Climbing the mountain tests people’s will-power and challenges them to keep going even though there’s a chance of failure and death.

  11. They like the adrenaline rush

    People who take on this enormous challenge enjoy the adrenaline rush they get, which makes them satisfy the reward-seeking part of their brain.

  12. They are attracted by novel things

    Human beings in general seek to experience novel and exciting things that are new to them. In this case, Mount Everest represents a new experience to them. (See Why do some people like camping?)

  13. They are overconfident

    Some people seek to climb the mountain as they are overconfident and believe nothing can get in their way.

About the author
Alex Williams is a PhD student in urban studies and planning. He is broadly interested in the historical geographies of capital, the geopolitical economy of urbanization, environmental and imperial history, critical urban theory, and spatial dialectics.

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