Lone altitude climber on the Rupal wall of Nanga Parbat.
courtesy Joel Wischnewski, SOURCE
Study: Introverts prefer mountains

Posted: Mar 05, 2015 06:33 am EST

(Newsdesk) "Moving up [from C2 at 4300m]: The central pillar and the wall are too dry. I’m going to try the S-E pillar. I’ve got 3 days. Bye, take care and thanks for following."


Those were the final words of French climber and snowboarder, Joel Wischnewski, published on his website on February 6th, 2013.


Joel's dispatches had already hinted he was on Nanga Parbat seeking more than a climb. He never returned from the mountain and his recovered body now rests at the Herrligkoffer's alpinists' cemetery near Nanga Parbat Base Camp.


For some climbers mountains are about the brotherhood of the rope, for others a spiritual place to search their soul.


In a series of three studies, researchers tested whether there is a link between personality and mountainous terrain.


The study found that when people want to socialize with others, they prefer the ocean far more (75%) than mountains (25%). In contrast, when they want to be alone, they choose mountains (52%) as much as the ocean (48%).


Results of the study also showed that introverts tend to live in mountainous regions, while extroverts live in open and flat regions.


The study is under review for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.