“Going up into those mountains is an interior journey, it's about knowing how far you can push yourself and how you face the fears that we all have.”
An intensely focused yet spacious mind -- with heightened levels of mindfulness, and deep concentration – can generate extreme feelings of bliss, joy and rapture. The focus required in extreme sports can facilitate access to something similar, which goes far in explaining its appeal.
Recent studies are finally corroborating what educators, mountain athletes and backpackers have always known: being in nature has profoundly positive effects on human beings.The sense of wonder and awe elicited by being in nature invites people to redirect concern away from the self and toward everything else. Those adventurous souls who have been touched by this quiet sense of awe and power tend to act more generously and ethically, since they feel a deeper connection to others and the world in general.