Peaks & valleys
I've always been morbidly curious in those types of adventures I could never see playing with my health or life to experience.. Deep wreck dives in the North Atlantic to retrieve teacups and silverware; freediving to 500 feet for no other purpose than to get deep; and risking it all to climb a tall mountain, such as Mt. Everest.
Now, I'm not down on any of the remarkable individuals that do those types of things; it just blows my mind that something in those people drives them to take those risks.
I came across a $5 book at B&N yesterday, a collection of firsthand accounts from summiting Everest. Wow, the things those folks have to go through to say they've been on top of the world (literally) are just scary. Especially the ones that do it without supplemental oxygen!
Anyway, I found this article online and it's quite interesting: