Your closing paragraphs in the TR made me think of how Howard Donner once replied to Krakauer's question of why they do this: "Well, it is sort of like having fun, only different." Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
BTW: I've added a link to this TR to the album "Why Do You Do It?".
But would really enjoy some photos. Do you have any? I lived in Hawaii 35 years ago but wasn't into climbing mountains then, would love to go back and explore.
I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm sorry I couldn't include pictures. As strange as it may seem, I don't even own a camera, and you would never find a photo in my home. I'm don't have some radical superstitious belief, I'm just not sentimental and could care less about pictures. They're in my head. Now, I'm faced with having to take pictures for sponsors, but the other team members do that for me, so still no camera.