Every spring, next to the stories of success, there is no lack of those tragedies of climbing the Everest, including a recent avalanche resulted in 13 people living around the area killed while climbing. There must be some reason that although extremely dangerous but every year there are a lot of people trying to conquer Mount Everest. Let’s find out in Why do people always want to conquer Everest.
The answer with each climbers is different, but studies show that people often adventurous they see themselves different from those who do not like risk. For those who are attracted Everest, the mountain is their lifelong dream. Alan Arnette, a mountaineer and Everest blogger, had shared that he was totally attracted by mountain. It represents the greatest heights that people want to conquer. It’s a magical mountain with the ability to attract people, like moth attracted by the light.
Summit Mt. Everest idea has appeared more than 150 years ago when the terrain mappers British claim it is the highest mountain in the world. Everest quickly became the “third pole” while explorers racing to to become the first man to set foot on the summit. When asked by the New York Times the reasons to conquer Everest, climber George Mallory, who passed away in the third expedition to Everest in 1924, had an answer then became famous: ” because it’s there “.
Andreas Wilke, a psychologist Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) said, not everyone wants to conquer Everest, and who want to do it often because the urge to search very intense thrills , partially regulated by genes. The study of decision-making also showed that some people tend to accept or refuse to accept risk than others. However, the level of venture acceptance is relatively complex than what the psychologists predicted. In studies of people who like adventure sports like bungee jumping (forced themselves into wire and then jump down from above) or Scuba diving, Wilke noticed people some of them spend a lot of money to buy insurance car. This means that those who take risks at a certain point in life does not mean that they will have to live a lifetime adventure. However, when asked to assess their own behavior, the study participants are often do not think what they do is too risky as others think, because they have the skill to do it. The balance between risk and reward is also different between individuals.
From the evolutionary perspective, Wilke said that the risk takers can be an advantage, especially with men because it represents strength and bravery with the opposite sex. According to this theory, the successful conquest of Everest will raise the reputation of a person.
For those who have conquered Everest success, this event is more meaningful to express themselves a lot. Climb the mountain with a height of more than 8,000 m, standing on top of the world and then come home safe is an unparalleled experience.