“Climbing Mount Everest was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life. I wish I’d never gone,” Krakauer said. “I suffered for years of PTSD, and still suffer from what happened. I’m glad I wrote a book about it. But, you know, if I could go back and relive my life, I would never have climbed Everest.”
This quote from Jon Krakauer shocked me when I first read it, but the more I think about it the more I appreciate his honesty. An event like the tragedy he wrote about on Everest, despite how glamorized it may be portrayed at times, is traumatic. That trauma doesn't disappear after writing a successful book.
Whether you climb El Cap, Everest, or that local 3 pitch 5.9...all climbing should be taken seriously.