Climber, adventurer says he's not a risk-taker
Doug Beall has climbed Mount Everest and has hiked on the polar ice cap. He rides motorcycles, enjoys out-of-bounds downhill skiing and is thinking about long-distance off-road rally racing.
Beall isn't fearless and he's no risk-taker.
â€œIt's not really that at all,â€ the Oklahoma City physician says.
Like many adventurers, Beall, 43, is simply drawn to exciting, fulfilling pursuits and wants to experience them. If that takes a certain amount of risk and fear, he's willing to face those.
â€œThe goal is to do it and come back,â€ he said. â€œHaving the fear and mitigating the risk, that's what it's all about.â€
For Beall, that means using the right gear, making exhaustive plans, practicing skills and maintaining peak physical condition.
â€œThe fear is always there,â€ he said. â€œThere's a difference between being foolhardy and trying to meet a challenge, mitigating that risk and taking a controlled risk.â€
To Beall, risk-taking is going to Las Vegas, where the odds are stacked against you.
â€œI don't gamble,â€ he said. â€œI don't do anything I don't have a firm expectation I'm going to walk away from unscathed.â€
â€œI just want to do it and have fun while I'm still able to,â€ he said. â€œAnything that comes easy is not very fun.â€
BY DAVID ZIZZO