Hi, Brad: No, you are not alone. When I first heard about Kropp and then read his book, I thought (and still believe) that his adventure across Europe and Asia to the summit of Everest was the single greatest adventure I could think of. He raised the bar so high, I'm not sure it can be raised any higher! I've been a climber for over 25 years, though the last few have been more involved with cycling, a new passion. My climbing has been only in the US and Canada. I currently live in the mountains of the far southern Sierras. We've got a number of mountains within reasonable striking distance from our home that we could combine with a cycling approach. I would really like to "Kropp" a peak sometime, though it would probably be "peak bagging" and not technical mountaineering, though I've thought about that, too.