Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster - Jon Krakauer So you get to the highest spot on earth and THEN WHAT?!? Do you get superpowers? Do you find enlightment? Does it fix your marriage? Could you not have guessed any of the answers to these questions before you lose a couple of appendages to frostbite and clamber over a few corpses?

Honestly, Everest seems to have little of the pleasures or challenges of, er, lesser altitude mountain climbing, it's apparently just some combination of ego trip and people desperately running away from their lives in the hope that theres some redemption in doing something that must be extraordinary. It must, right? Fascinating, creepy read though.