If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again!
My friend may have dropped his ice axe above him, and fallen a short way, but he wasn't going to give up. Not allowing yourself to give up is a valuable trait in expeditions, as well as every day life! At the moment I'm going to keep trying to put together an expedition for next summer and hopefully complete it! This can be said of any task no matter how large, you will succeed if you keep on trying hard enough.