Video: Why Height Doesn’t Matter in Mountaineering

This video is a few years old, but it is still an interesting one nonetheless. It comes our way courtesy of National Geographic, and features climber Colin Haley who talks about why the top mountaineers are more interested in climbing hard peaks rather than high ones. Case in point, on Everest several hundred people summit each year, which means it isn’t all that difficult, even though it is the tallest mountain on the planet. Climbers like Haley prefer to go to places where almost no one ever summits, and they like to do so in fast and light, alpines style. The video features some great shots of these alpinists going to work on spectacular mountains all over the world. It may be a little dated, but the images are still fantastic.

Kraig Becker