Spending as much time as you can outdoors isn't a hobby. It is a lifestyle. Somethings fit into this lifestyle better. For instance, a part time job. It provides just enough income to do the things you love, while allowing for copious amounts of free time to actually do those things. Or for instance how easily a gear purchase can be rationalized, but annual visits to the doctor are just too much money. After all you already have all the answers (thanks Google). One other things just fits right into an adventurous lifestyle, a dog.
Regardless of your unsuccessful send up the route, your four legged partner is there. They don't ask much of you, but shelter, food, and occasional attention. Some more then others. [looking at you Rocco] But they provided hours of entertainment around camp. And then follow that up by being a mobile space heater for your sleeping bag. The only thing better then a dog as an adventure partner, would be a cat. But they are few and far between.
This ones for you Rocco.