There's a powerful story in today's Rocky about Francys Arsentiev of Telluride, the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen. She died on the trip down the mountain.
Her son, Paul Distefano, touches on many aspects of her adventuring that draw lots of us into the outdoors - the peace you find, the challenge, the love of nature, the exhilaration, often the solitude. You can read it here:
She sounds like someone you'd be happy to know. Her son, too.