I have always been interested in the mountains, really tall and dangerous mountains like Mount Everest or the K2. Even more fascinating to me are the documented journeys of men and women who took it upon themselves to scale these giants who do not intend for humans to survive in its rarefied air. I leech off the sheer willpower and the determination behind mountaineering crews who took months and years to prepare for the vertical ascent, to a place you call the top of the world to be one with the entire universe.

Source: Starry night on Mount Everest

Mallory was famous for responding to a reporter who asked why he wanted to climb Everest: “Because it’s there.” Reporters continued to ask him variations of the question again and again. “It’s of no use”, he said. “If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life”.

The May edition of National Geographic on the iPad brings to you a group of climbers who will seek to make their journey yours as you wait with bated breath for their dispatches from the roof of the world.

Source: @agrd80

Godspeed to all of you on the expedition.