"Originally my goal was just to climb Everest, then go home and lead an ordinary life. But now I believe that mountains, big or small, have a transforming effect. After Everest, I realized that I could achieve almost anything I put my mind to. Confidence or courage or determination--whatever you call it--I didn't learn that from a father or a class. Mountains taught me these things."
-- Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to climb the Seven Summits less