I agree w/you--see my other message. I always try to arrange to walk the last mile (or more) to drive-up HPs, even past notices like "No Hikers or Bikers. Bison On Property". (there were none)
In another example, a Cairns friend (Queensland, gateway to Mt. Bartle Frere and the Great Barrier Reef) recently made an RTW trip. It was an odd one, with long-haul flights, then sojourns in odd places--including Cuba, no problem for Aussies--plus a driving tour in former Yugoslavia. Always the vicarious-travel enthusiast, I looked up his flights on a great-circle mapper, http://gc.kls2.com/
, plotted them and sent him the pictures. Some went over or past exciting places like Mts. Whitney & Shasta, which I've climbed; the Canadian Rockies which I've skied in; the Himalayas (did the Everest/Kala Pattar trip, to 5600 m.); and the Lesser Sunda Islands ie Lombok (Gunung Rindjani, 3726 m., not climbed), Bali (Agung, 3142 m., climbed), etc. I told him whatever you do, get window seats (and hope you're not over the wing)!
Then it turned out they were all overnight redeye flights! Oh well it wasn't my trip; and perhaps these were the only ones available. When I flew LGW-NBO return (Gatwick to Nairobi and back) for a Kili-Shira-Route trip (aborted at Arrow Glacier due to lousy weather), the flights ran at night both ways, on BA. I wonder why they did that. Turns out he prefers aisle seats anyway where you crane your neck trying to see out. Oh well it wasn't my trip.