It takes about two months, costs more than $50,000 and you might die while doing it. That just doesn’t sound like a fun hobby to me.

Maybe I’m just not as adventurous as I need to be, but “because it is there” just isn’t reason enough to try to climb Mount Everest.

It has been 63 years since Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tenzing Norgay first reached the summit.

I’m sure the view from 29,000 feet is spectacular and the selfies would be super, but the fact that almost 300 people — including a half dozen in the past two weeks — have died trying to make it to the summit is reason enough for me to focus on my golf game.

Maybe part of my problem is knowing that there aren’t any animals at that incredible altitude and hauling dead bodies down the mountain is considered an unnecessary risk so you either lie there dead as a hammer forever or the next group will toss you over a cliff like the climber on Bob Barker’s The Price is Right Cliffhangers game.

All that is missing is a horrible yodeler as you are thrown into a crevice and the scene would be complete.

Anyway, no one who ever climbed Everest has been elected President. None of the successful climbers have won a World Series or Super Bowl, not even as a coach. So why have more than 4,000 people done it?

“It brings into focus what’s important to you,” said one man who summited Everest on his fourth attempt in 2011. “There are a thousand reasons to turn around and only one to keep going. You really have to focus on the one reason that’s most important and unique to you.

“It forces you to look deep inside yourself and figure out if you really have the physical, as well as mental, toughness to push when you want to stop,” he added. “When you come home, you realize you are able to face a wall and overcome that wall.”

I’m not sure being able to avoid death in Mount Everest’s “kill zone” really correlates well to solving problems you encounter during a typical Thursday.

The biggest problem with climbing Everest is that when you get to the top, you have to go back down. Many of the deaths have come after a climber reached the summit only to succumb to altitude sickness or fall due to ice storms or an avalanche. A handful of those who didn’t make it have even had their cause of death listed as “crushed by serac.”

Seracs are as bad as they sound. That is the mountaineering term for the ice columns — sometimes as large as a house — that can topple at anytime with no warning. So if you want to risk being the sixth person known to have been crushed under one on Mount Everest, you should sign up for a permit next year.

I understand why explorers boarded ships and sailed for a new land. I get why astronauts go on missions in space. Both of those have scientific and historic value.

But climbing Everest is just a personal accomplishment. You get a high five from your Sherpa and the right to wear a t-shirt celebrating making it to the top.

There are better, cheaper and safer ways to prove yourself.

— Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at kent.bush@news-star.com.