Originally Posted by Blade&Shaft
the bad taste in my mouth regarding Russian culture
You come on my trip, I will treat you to a shot of vodka and then we will discuss it over a camp fire with a couple more bottles!
On the other note, some folks live (and die) for something they believe in. Young boys in Afghanistan, dare devils in fly suits and astronauts going on first mission (Yury Gagarin). All people on first ascends/descends had a death wish, but they also had a wish for something bigger, than some of us can afford to lose.
Sometimes I envy the lifestyles and daredevil approach these guys have.
PS: American, Russian... assholes come in all flavors