That is a very interesting idea. In fact that appeals to me more than say trying for the 7 summits. The summits might get you better bragging rights but the the thought of intimately knowing a place like this is more appealing to me. Too bad I'm not local.
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."