I've always been vaguely hoping that he would one day be devoured by a polar bear. He's cruelly cheated me of this comforting thought by going to the Antarctic rather than the Arctic, so I will instead live in hope that he is pecked to death by penguins.
Whichever one you choose he always seemed to be one of the over privileged who used his connections for the most selfish means. Typical of the Boys Own era of adventurers who did things because they can and indulged themselves with no particular benefit to others.
There are still a lot of people out there who are and will remain very pissed off by "The Feathermen" and the fall out from it.
For myself the whole world of exploration seems to be imploding; swim the channel, fine people can do it again in an effort to swim it faster.
But Everest has been scaled, both poles have been reached, the surface of the earth has been walked on and mapped. Exploration is now in the same realm as extreme ironing; first to travel up the Amazon wearing only flip flops, the first to hit the pole at the worst time to do it, it all smacks of Top Gear 'challenges' contrived and proving nothing, other than your sponsor's kit works.
Not that I would contemplate doing it in the first place.
Though I agree with your post, and don't care for his particular style of egotism, his life is a fuckload more interesting than most and he's hailed as a legend everywhere he goes. If anyone is taking the wrong approach to life, it's probably the rest of us.
(and as pointed out, he does raise a huge amount for charity)