*Senior Editor, Outside magazine
*President, International Mountain Equipment
*President of New Hampshire Rescue Service
*Education Director, Mountain Rescue Association (national governing body of search & rescue teams in North America)
*Rescue Volunteer, Alpine Rescue Team, Colorado
*Swimmer (on Tuesday, Jun. 4, he jumps into the Columbia River in Canada and attempt to swim the length of the river)
Each year, tens of thousands of people risk their lives climbing mountains. Last week alone, six mountain climbers died on Mount Rainier and Mount Hood in Oregon. And a helicopter sent out to rescue the survivors on Mount Hood crashed. The recent climbing accidents have raised questions about the dangers of mountain climbing. In this hour of Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan talks about the thrills and risks of mountain climbing. Why do people do it? That's on Talk of the Nation from NPR News.