Ive been to one his lectures and met him after, he seemed ok to me, but then again it was a 5 minute meeting. Hey the guy can climb, its fun to hear adventure stories. Ever see that IMAX film he's in? He's high on Everest climbing alone with no O'S, you can hear him sucking for air and using the rest step, pretty dam inspirering to me. In the end he's just a climber not ghandi, just go and have fun. On a side note, I met Doug Scott the britt in boston once, now that guy is an ass kicking machine and wicked humble and nice. Having broke both, not one, but both of his legs high up on the ogre, he asked his friends to leave him, they refused, they dragged him for days while he smiled and smoked the whole way, f***ing hard core.