Or, as we might also put it, mad. So:
Fellow climbers knew him as Long John Silvester on account of his bedraggled hair, wonky teeth and gangly frame – brought about by Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his weak heart and weaker kidneys.
Marfan, eh? So, what do the doctors say about that?
The American Heart Association made the following recommendations for people with Marfan syndrome with no or mild aortic dilation:
Probably permissible activities: bowling, golf, skating (but not ice hockey), snorkeling, brisk walking, treadmill, stationary biking, modest hiking, and doubles tennis.
Intermediate risk: basketball (both full- and half-court), racquetball, squash, running (sprinting and jogging), skiing (downhill and cross-country), soccer, singles tennis, touch (flag) football, baseball, softball, biking, lap swimming, motorcycling, and horseback riding.
High risk: bodybuilding, weightlifting (non-free and free weights), ice hockey, rock climbing, windsurfing, surfing, and scuba diving.
Hmm. So he then goes and spends his life climbing the Himalayas then paragliding over them.
Nothing quite like screaming “Fuck You!” at a genetic disability, is there?