Part of it was neither the getting or being lost, but the archival nature of the internet. This is a thread from 1991, which somehow still exists on the internet. Imagine all the stories, the catalogs of life as it is, that could be available for an unprecedented period of time. I'd like to think I came across a rather interesting small section of the internet with that find.
The getting and being lost is, of course, interesting. And terrifying. It's mostly terrifying, really. People regularly die because they have got lost, or ventured off into the wilderness without the proper skills to get around. As I progress to more and more difficult or lengthy trips, being as safe as possible starts to become more of a priority. Reading how people get into and (hopefully) get out of these situations is an interesting read into their physical, but more importantly, mental condition.
Every trip has a goal of being a round-trip.