Sometimes they take the direct approach, “Why would you ever want to do that?” and sometimes it is just a raised eyebrow, but we have gotten a bunch of the same question, “Why Kilimanjaro?”
Why would the Roaming Parkers want to spend a lot of money to fly halfway around the world to drag ourselves trough a tropical rain forest and clamber up a mountain through a frozen volcanic wasteland to a place where we can’t breathe?
We could take a hint from George Mallory. After he’d been asked, “Why Everest?” so many times that he became frustrated, his laconic response became famous, “Because it’s there.”
But it’s a fair question. One that I think would teach us something about ourselves if we could figure out how to answer it directly.
I’ve tried for a while but I haven’t been able to come up with a good answer to, “Why Kili?” I have just wanted to climb Kilimanjaro ever since I knew it existed – probably back as far as college. Maybe even back into high school
Sometimes there is a thing that you believe you have to do, and there is no probing a reason for it. When you’re up against something like this, trying to pry out a reason tends to only unearth rationalizations.
You get to a point that you can’t come up with a better answer than, “Because it’s there.”