Captain Sensible- In awe of humanity

© Andreas H. Bitesnich

I’ve become obsessed during the past 6 months or so trying to read and educate myself as much as I can about high altitude mountain climbing – specifically those individuals who climb 8,000 meter peaks in the Himalayas.  This all started when my wife and I took a trip to Mount Rainier in Washington state.  My obsession was christened after visiting my brother in Denver…He handed me the book entitled “Into Thin Air” by John Krakauer.

There are few instances that I can recall where I was literally on the edge of my seat reading books.  Since reading “Into Thin Air” I have sunk myself into tales about K2, the Eiger, etc.  There was one name that kept creeping into every book or documentary that I watched.  That person’s name is Reinhold Messner.

This guy is basically the Michael Jordan of the mountaineering world.  Some of his climbing feats, many of which were firsts, are absolutely astounding in terms of taking your humanity to the edge – sometimes damn near past the edge.  He is most well known for being the first ever human being to solo climb Mt. Everest – without the use of supplemental oxygen.  To the lay person who doesn’t know – the oxygen level at 8,000m (29,000ft.) is essentially a 1/3 of what there is at sea level.  Humans aren’t supposed to be able to do what he did with a TEAM of climbers and he did it by himself.  The list of accomplishments that Messner has under his belt inspired me to write a new original song entitled “Captain Sensible”.

“That is a goofy-ass song title” is probably your first impression even before hearing the song.  I would agree, except for the fact that what these people do is anything but sensible – it is the very antithesis of sensible.  I wanted the song title to further push the concept of leading yourself into what many would think to be a death march, so I threw the word “Captain” in front of it and the song title stuck.  I even made a music video complete with some funky mountaineering footage – below is a link to that song.  Enjoy.

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