Volunteer Mountain Searcher and Rescue.  Challenging because operations occur in all sorts of weather, time of day (or night), and locations.  Timely action is always required and the technical difficulty necessary is highly variable.

Rewarding because of the blend of individual and team action required.  Experienced great feelings when a rescue concluded successfully, especially when the victim survived.  Nothing beats saving someone's life.

Close behind is the teamwork, again a mix of team and individual action, involved in traditional (i.e., real) rock climbing.  Always nice to reach the summit, but almost always a great experience even if the objective is elusive....

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