I think, as a young guy, I was always drawn to being in wild places. Climbing was a logical extension of that.
I'm done with Everest. I did it three times, and I need to be good at that and be happy with it and focus on other climbs.
If people want to go do some big outdoor thing for their ego, have them climb snowy mountains rather than shoot animals.
It takes a lot of resources to climb Everest, and a lot of other people. But you should go do it.
Meru is the culmination of all I've done and all I've wanted to do.
Perhaps you could say that mountaineers are driven by ego or our competitiveness, but there's a lot more to it than that. Whether it's a huge face in the Himalaya or some crag in the woods behind your house, exploration offers us a unique perspective on the world that you can't really find anywhere else.