Sir Edmund Hillary on his way up to the top of the tops, Mount Everest. Looking mighty cool in his blue outfit, oxygen mask, strange sunglasses and handmade(/homemade?) mittens. For some reason, this image gives the impression that it used to be warmer up there. If you compare these two people with the characters stolling up the steep hills along a rope nowadays, the modern crowd seems to wear a whole lot more down paraphernalia.
Once a climber was asked the question: Why do you want to climb Everest and risk your life? The climber responded rather nonchalant, as if the answer was obvious: Because it´s there. (Lets say the climber was Sir E. Hillary, the origin of the Hillary steps)