In the winter season 2013/2014 edition of Monocle Alpino (#8), Monocle senior editor Sophie Grove had this to say about the nature of the explorers who attempt to climb Mt. Everest, against treacherous odds and conditions, despite the fact it’s been done a great number of times:

Perhaps this is to do with our respect for the sublime, our uncritical admiration for derring-do, our awe of individuals who challenge the environment. I would like to see modern-day heroism directed towards things that need fixing in the world. We need brave, courageous figures in society to apply these traits to real problems. To look after life and love is more lofty a goal than any icy expedition.