Off the Wall - Interview with Conrad Anker
I’ve known Conrad Anker for over ten years now. In that time we’ve walked across the Chang Tang Plateau in Tibet, suffered our way up alpine big walls in the Himalaya, been on Everest together and sat for days in a portaledge waiting through snowstorms. People know him to be one of the all time greats as a climber and explorer, but I’ve gotten to see another side of him. I have yet to meet someone with more stoke, integrity and virtue in life. I’m convinced he’s had a drink or two out of the fountain of youth. His enthusiasm to live everyday like it’s the best day of his life, motivation for difficult climbs and engagement for the environment only seems to grow every year. I’ve learned much from him over the years through his friendship and mentorship.
I reached out to Conrad about doing a short interview. Here’s a your sneak peek behind the curtain of the climber.
What book is on your nightstand right now? (Or recent favorite book…)
CA: Into the Silence by Wade Davis
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
CA: Free of need, not of want, and living in a community built on kindness.
What is your greatest fear?
CA: Letting people down.
What character traits do you most dislike in others?
CA: Self absorption.
What quality do you most admire in a person?
What do you most dislike in yourself?
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
CA: Shiva (is this too heavy?)
CA: Creator - destroyer - the man in charge. Awesome bivy.
Who is your favorite real life hero?
CA: Maybe the Dalai Lama
CA: He stands for non violence and has witnessed a world of change in a changing world.
What is your greatest ambition?
CA: Old age.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
CA: Khumbu Climbing Center - Sherpa VoTec
What talent would you most like to have?
CA: Music - to play an instrument like a virtuoso.
What is your most treasured possession?
CA: The house we live in.
What is your motto?
CA: Be good be kind be happy
CA: “Nullum gratuitum prandium.”
To learn a little more about Conrad’s life and adventures, check out his North Face page.
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