I am a lucky man. I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.
I think Himalayan climbers tend to mature fairly late. I think most of the successful Himalayan climbers have ranged from 28 to just over 40, really.
I think I mainly climb mountains because I get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I never attempt to analyze these things too thoroughly, but I think that all mountaineers do get a great deal of satisfaction out of overcoming some challenge which they think is very difficult for them, or which perhaps may be a little dangerous.
Take advantage of the years of pioneering efforts. You might find this boring, as the young want to rush head on, as it were.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich