Top of the World

‘Patagonia outdoor-wear mogul, Yvon Chouinard, weighing in on the current state of climbing Mount Everest. What had been the epic journey of Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay had developed into a package tour business coddling high-paying herds of CEO’s and plastic surgeons to the top of the World for trophy photos.’
Yvon said, “If your only goal is the summit, then you are missing the whole point…The purpose of climbing some place like Everest is to affect some sort of spiritual and physical gain. But if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.”

He could be almost talking about something else a little closer to home, don’t ya think?