He wanted to be a hero, but he lacked a special potion.
Luckily, there was a potion in the pit and a potion on the hill.
The pit seemed easier, so he tied one end of the rope to a tree stump and the other end of the rope to his ankle and lowered himself down into the pit.
Unluckily, the further he descended, the lower the potion in the pit would sink. It was always just out of reach.
Luckily, he realized he would never truly grasp the potion in the pit and began to make the now even longer ascent up the hill.