"All my life, people have asked the question, directly or indirectly, why in the hell do you climb mountains? - I can't explain this to other people. I love the physical exertion. I love the wind. I love the storms. I love the companionship in the outdoors. I love the reality. I love the change. I love the rejuvenating spirit. I love to feel oneness with nature. I am hungry; I enjoy eating. I get thirsty; I enjoy the clear water. I enjoy being warm at night when it's cold outside. All these things are extremely enjoyable because, gosh, you're feeling them, you're living them, and your senses are really feeling. I can't explain."
- Paul Petzoldt