A life well lived – Jim Whittaker / June 7, 2013

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‘If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space’ – some inspiring words from Jim Whittaker, the first American to climb Mount Everest, in 1963. Clearly a man who’s taken a good look at the world and who’s drawn the right conclusions. In 1990, he led The Earth Day 20 International Peace Climb, an expedition to reach the summit of the Everest, which was the first time in history that mountaineers from the United States, Soviet Union and China climbed a mountain roped together. While they were at it, the group collected over two tons of trash (transported down the mountain by support groups along the way) that was left behind on Mount Everest from previous climbing expeditions. Today, the Everest needs rest. There are many other goals to reach – and it is never really about the mountain. After all, ‘You can never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself’.