Although there are stark differences between the expeditions of mountaineers and maritime explorers, there are many commonalities that define their reasons for exploration. Early in the novel, The Voyage of the Narwhal, by Andrea Barrett, Zeke utters a statement that rings true with the mindset of every mountaineer we have read about so far: “How can anyone bear to live and die without accomplishing something remarkable?” (Barrett, 43). For Zeke, it was to make a successful attempt by sea on the North Pole. For mountaineers, such as Joe Simpson, Jon Krakauer, or even Sir Edmond Hillary, it was to make a first ascent of an unconquered summit. For all, the possibility of these accomplishments and the following recognition were the driving forces behind their expeditions. And the fact that all of these individuals were willing to risk their lives, and in Zeke’s case, the lives of his crew, in such extreme environments with such low odds of survival for the possibility of either public or personal glory bears strong testament to the influence of these driving forces on the mentalities and desires of all adventurers regardless of environment.