You really have to love what you're doing and love who you're doing it with to make it worthwhile. In the end, one thing has become clear from these adventures: Not everyone is cut out for them. Some have no interest, others lack the discipline.
The nation's most obsessive-compulsive mountaineers, members of the Highpointers Club, aim to scale the peaks of all 50 states. As a point of reference: Around 250 people have climbed all 50 state highpoints. About 3,000 have summited Mount Everest.