I’m on a first date; he invited me to watch a talk by Melissa Arnot Reid, now the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen. He was 30 minutes late to the date. I didn’t have a keen interest in mountaineering at the time, however, as a hobbyist I like to quickly develop keen interests in hobbies I haven’t yet pursued. Two months later I summited Mt. Rainier, the tallest peak in the state of Washington.


I haven’t yet decided to climb Everest...