Why not just retire?
“Reinhold doesn’t really relax,” Hansjörg said.
“Do you know this saying he has on his website? ‘I am what I do.’ But I think he may also believe the opposite: ‘If I cease to do, I will not be.’
~ Caroline Alexander, on Reinhold Messner, “Murdering the Impossible. Superhumanly determined.” (National Geographic Magazine, November, 2006)
Reinhold Messner , 72 , is an Italian mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, and author.He made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygenand was the first climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres (26,000ft) above sea level. He was also the first person to cross Antarctica and Greenland with neither snowmobiles nor dog sleds. He c rossed the Gobi Desert alone.