National Geographic : 1965 Jul
n u me1U 1 IT w. C. Antxtl .V NAI IuN AL [ GRAPHIC STAFF U N.G.S. Expedition: "Challenge is the core and mainspring of all human activity. If there's an ocean, we cross it; if there's a disease, we cure it; if there's a wrong, we right it; if there's a record, we break it; and finally, if there's a mountain, we climb it." I returned with great respect for the men who climb mountains. They are not a footloose, carefree lot, haphazardly searching for thrills. For instance, of nineteen Americans on the 1963 Mount Everest Expedition, eight een were college graduates; five held master's degrees, five were Ph.D.'s, and three were doctors of medicine. If you took the Nation's nineteen best businessmen, labor leaders, or Members of the Senate or House of Representatives, I doubt that their edu cational achievements would be any higher. The courage of mountain climbers is not blind, inexplicable, meaningless; it is courage with ability, brains, tenacity of purpose. President Kennedy loved the outdoors. He loved adventure. He admired courage more than any other human quality, and he was President of the United States, which is frequently and accurately called the loneliest job in the world. So I am sure he would be pleased that this lonely, beautiful mountain in the Yukon bears his name, and that in this way, at least, he has joined the fraternity of those who live outdoors, battle the elements, and climb mountains.