Mountaineering and insanity
Ahhh, the cool mountain air. The rush of adrenaline
coursing through your body as you ascend the mountain.
The feeling of your muscles tensing up and the thrill of
holding on for dear life. The sound of your body hitting
the ground after falling to your death. Welcome to the
wonderful world of mountain climbing.
Sorry to all you mountain climbers out there, but is
this really something someone with a sense of sanity
takes into consideration? Okay, everyone understands the
idea of thrill seeking and adding some excitement to
your life, but perhaps something a little more logical
is in order. Think about it for a minute. What is at the
top of the mountain? Is it any different than standing
on solid ground? Actually, isn't it the same thing
except for the fact that you're really high? Or maybe
it's the fact that you're really high that made you try
to scale the mountain in the first place. Wait a minute,
let's take that back. Anyone whose really high likely
wouldn't want to scale a wall, never mind a mountain, so
it must be something else.
Perhaps there's something to think about here. If
someone who is in a state of mental impairment finds it
illogical to try mountain climbing, what is that saying
about someone who is totally coherent and wants to give
it a go? A new study between the correlation of mountain
climbing and insanity may just be in order.
Since we're on the
subject of safety; how about looking at insurance? If
you're a UK resident and your idea of fun is freezing
your b******s off in the snow, ice and raging gales of a
deadly precipice you're
hardly likely to want to know about something as pansy
hairdresser insurance, and don't even think about
using your tattered tent on the Eiger for
home office insurance.
short term car insurance,
architect insurance or
temporary car insurance
either. Does your job involve heights? Check here
For some odd reason, it seems that man has been
fascinated by this wacky activity for centuries. Many
have fallen to their death, while a lucky few have
completed their journey and reached the peak. Was there
a magic pot of gold waiting for them? Was there some
mountain fairy awaiting their arrival wanting to grant
them three wishes? Was the hardest thing that they
likely have ever done in their lives able to give them
the sense of accomplishment that can change their life?
All valid questions for trying to come up with a reason
for this insanity.
Did you feel the same sense of accomplishment watching your
partner fall to his death? When the body hit the ground,
did it make a thud or a splat? No, climbing a mountain
isn't going to change your life.
Depending on the
situation, however, it could make you want to change
Sense of accomplishment, you say. Try a crossword
puzzle, or for something a little more exciting maybe
you could try and make it home as quickly as possible in
rush hour traffic. You could have an accident, but at
least you won't have to worry about plunging to your
death off the side of a mountain.
the UK Health and Safety Executive, 2009 (only kidding,