I think it's very important for all of us to approach the expedition or the climb with three primary goals. The first goal, the most important, is returning safely from the expedition. The second goal is to reach the summit, and the third goal is to have a fun and enjoyable experience. I think the summit should be viewed as a bonus on any expedition or climb and I think it's important to view the experience as a day by day journey. We go through all kinds of different situations and experiences and there's lots of opportunities for personal growth, building relationships with other members on the team, experiencing new continents, new landscapes, and new cultures. Challenging ourselves and being outside our comfort zone, whether it's not sleeping in our bed at home, dealing with the altitude, pushing through tough weather or a difficult route with a heavy pack.
For me it's important to view the expedition as a journey and not look at it as a success or failure based solely on reaching the summit. I think if we view the entire expedition as only a success if we reach the summit, that's a very short-sighted approach to the overall expedition experience. It can be so much more if we view it as a journey with all of these great opportunities for personal growth along the way.