On the summit of Everest, I had a feeling of great satisfaction to be first there.
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.
I don't regard myself as a cracking good climber. I'm just strong in the back. I have a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm good on ice.
I was scared many times on Everest, but this is all part of the challenge. When I fell down a crevasse, it was pretty scary.
Charles Scribner, Jr.