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>like ordinary mountaineering folk view free-climbers.
Rock climbing and mountaineering are very different beasts I realise from the outside they look like the same cultures, I assure you they are not. Your stereotypical free climber a 20 something bum with lots of spare time to fuck up their hands at the boldering wall, where as your stereotypical mountaineer looks middle aged and has a professional qualification.
High end Mountaineering is all about the will to just carry on going and money, you could climb Everest tomorrow if you have the will to just walk nonstop for over 24 hours, you don't mind the cold and being constantly short of breath and getting up half an hour before you went to bed and the tens of thousands for a permit. It is a lot of the time not 'exciting' just many many hours walking. Your adrenaline junkie rock climber sort would hate it, I mean it is basically rambling. And Rock climbing is just a means to an end with a mountaineer under a large range of other skills.