My mountain bike has skinny, slick tires and drop handle bars; it's a road bike that I ride on alpine roads. And we have 3,010 mountain peaks in Washington state. Of course, they don't all have roads. The Pickett Range was a blank spot on the map as late as the 1930s, thanks to the incredibly rough (but strikingly gorgeous) terrain. This earned its peaks names like Mounts Terror, Fury, and Despair, but also Inspiration, Success Point, and Disappointment Peak. Choosing where to ride can be a challenge, and an article with suggestions described climbing as "a painfully evil rollicking good time."
So why do we do it? I'm going to cross post this in the road forum (and I'm going to plagiarize my intro paragraph), but I wanted to ask in the C&A forum because here are a bunch of people who are gravitationally challenged, but a lot of you still manage to persevere. In a sport or hobby where even short, light people tend to avoid hills, I think it's pretty amazing how many climbers this forum has. I see the videos, and the photos, and the elevation plots.
Are you a climber? If so, why, and how did you become one, or realize that you're one?