In other words, you dont get to Everest by sleeping in on the weekends before heading off to hang with your friends at the beach.
With each climb, Stranges understanding of what could happen has deepened. On Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, he was caught in the middle of a rock slide and the extreme altitude crushed his video camera. On Alaskas Mount McKinley, his sled slid into a crevasse, nearly taking him with it. And up high on Mount Everest, he had to pass by the frozen bodies of those who didnt make it before him. The one thing it taught was humility, says Strange.
Even the easiest of the climbs -- or what was supposed to be the easiest -- offered its share of challenges. When the Stranges got to Australias Kosciuszko, the weather was no walk in the park. You never should underestimate a mountain, he says. Everyone was saying, Oh, its so easy. It [wasnt] like there was any climbing difficulty, but you just couldnt see. We had to literally use a GPS to find the top.