Idiot chooses to go to dangerous terrain they can't negotiate adequately. Idiot nearly dies failing to negotiate hostile terrain they chose to go to. Idiot nearly dies. Idiot survives. Idiot lionized. All Hail the conquering hero who survived the consequences of his own foolhardiness.
Cynical? I have known people who died doing things equally foolhardy and I think it is stupid, and if he had died that would have left people who loved him heartbroken - because of his selfishness.
I have known other people who died due to hostile environments they didn't choose to be subjected to. And I count myself as a person who has survived hostile environments I didn't choose to be subjected to.
I also saved someone from dying in the throes of a grand mal seizure.
I'm not a hero.
Someone who chooses to negotiate a dangerous terrain then nearly dies as a result is not a hero either.