Why Climbing Everest Isn't a Priority for Me

Scenes from the 2012 Everest climbing season.
Are we at the post office or on a mountain?
With so many summits to climb, what motivates people to climb this one?

As an avid climber and guide, inevitably people ask whether I'd like to climb Everest.  It's understandable--for those getting interested in climbing, Everest is the name everyone knows.  Like any area of interest, as you get more experience with it, your understanding gets more nuanced.  For those that seem truly interested in my "why", I usually share several different ideas on the topic.  Perhaps in a future post, I'll go into detail on that, but if you'd like an abbreviated version of that story, check out these pictures, taken during the recent 2012 summit season on Everest.