Men of Experience: Dave Hahn
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(MZ) My most memorable experience in mountaineering came when...(DH) I made the top of Everest in 1994 and survived a night out, alone and having run out of oxygen in a snowstorm at around 28,000 feet.
Iíve been successful as a mountaineer because...Iíve had a lot of good people to learn from and Iíve remembered to be scared of death.
The last thought in my mind just before I head up the mountain is...usually a little too cluttered. Often when I begin a climb, my brain is still full of e-mails and phone calls I havenít done and need to do - it is only when I really get out and get my heart and lungs going that I get the focus I thrive on and can appreciate the beauty around me.
I am most proud of...the four times Iíve turned around within a thousand feet of Everestís summit, and my ability to still work a snow shovel effectively.
Confidence is something you...can muddle through without. Iím always amazed at the "real" athletes that Iím so frequently around. They arenít generally stronger than me, just much more confident and sure of themselves - able to banish thoughts of failure, whereas Iíve managed to stay alive for so many years on skis and crampons in dangerous places because I regularly entertain thoughts of failure.
I am different from most other guys in that...I donít really take vacations.
I live by the phrase..."do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
If I had a younger brother, one piece of life advice I would give him is...make a lot of money so that you can support your older brother someday.