I've dealt with occasionally intense anxiety since I was 11 years old, so that's an accomplishment.
Headspace isn't a hippy-dippy placebo; it's a straightforward teacher that helps you learn the basics of breathing and visualization associated with secular meditation.
Different routes can make one side of a mountain a cinch and the other side nearly impossible.
The weather can turn a technically easy climb into a deadly expedition.
Notoriously sheer with a peak guarded by a hazardous layer of rime ice formed by battering winds, it does not offer itself up easily.
Weather poses the greatest threat here: it has some of the coldest temperatures on the planet and winds that can easily surpass 80 kilometres per hour.
This sort of heady logic brings many tourists to Mont Blanc every year, and maybe that’s why Mont Blanc has killed more people than any other mountain.
Some 8000 have perished on this scenic European climb, most of them novices.
But whatever the weather, many aspire to tackle the world’s hardest mountains to climb. Glorious and gruelling, gorgeous and grim – these peaks are as dangerous as they are awe-inspiring.
Elevation: 4808m Average time to summit: 2 days It may not be technically challenging.
Over the past eight months, I've had fun being the obnoxious guy who tells everyone he meditates every day.