For Jim Whittaker, the first American to stand atop Mt. Everest, a life well lived means stepping outside of his comfort zone regularly. “Trials, tribulations and a few scars,” he says, are all parts of learning the real meaning of life. And what taking risks didn’t teach, he learned from the natural world — from the awe and humility it inspired. This short film is long on wise words from a great American hero who has participated in Mountainfilm twice (2009 and 2013).