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A new Sundance film called “The Summit” explores the psychology behind what happened on the deadliest day on K2, known as the world’s most dangerous mountain. On August 1, 2008, 25 climbers set out to summit K2—11 people died in the pursuit to stand on the mountaintop. Why? What drives extreme athletes and mountain climbers to risk life and death? Can athletes push the limits of what is humanly possible without succumbing to what the filmmakers describe as “summit fever,” which is an urge to take life-threatening risks to summit even if it means trying to get back down the mountain and find your way home will kill you.
Are you a novelty seeker or someone who has a strong “Need for Achievement” (n-Ach)personality? I am both. The need for achievement personality trait is characterized by an enduring and consistent concern with setting and meeting high standards of achievement. This need is influenced by internal drive for action (intrinsic motivation), and the pressure exerted by the expectations of others (extrinsic motivation).