I am currently reading the book “Why I Climb” by our very own Steve Gardiner, my old English II teacher. In this book, Mr. Gardiner interviews several world-renowned climbers and explorers, telling about their journeys and what led up to their experience. He interviews the first American to climb Everest, first person ever to climb K2, and many other big-name climbers. Gardiner himself has even attempted to summit Everest, having to turn back because of the sudden change of weather Everest is known for. Many of the climbers Gardiner interviews are known for their first ascents of many mountains. Just one of the many men he interviews, Richard “Dick” Bass stands out to me. His Climbing highlights include: Matterhorn,Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson, Kosciusko,McKinley,and Everest; first person to climb the highest mountain on all seven continents. Oldest man, at fifty-five, to climb everest. This is just one example of the many climbers Gardiner has interviewed.