Good weather, bad news

It may be that the extremely good weather during this year’s climbing season is responsible for the record number of deaths on Everest. An Australian and a German have brought the total number of dead to 15. (Of course, this helps us keep the Oracion-Emata-Garduce triple treat in better perspective.)

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  1. Jeg

    Make no mistake. People can and do die climbing Everest. What is chilling (pun unintended) is news from the international climbing community that the climbers seem to place reaching the summit on a higher priority than saving a life. In one reported death, that of British climber David Sharp, it seems that numerous teams passed him by, still alive, but chose to continue on.

    Sir Edmind Hillary: “I think the whole attitude toward climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying,” The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted him as saying.

    “The people just want to get to the top. They don’t give a damn for anybody else who may be in distress.”

    He adds: “[Leaving a man in distress] would not have happened. If you have someone who is in great need and you are still strong and energetic then you have a duty really to give all you can to get the man down and getting to the summit becomes secondary.”

    To be fair, Sir Edmund wasnt there. Im sure the teams assessed the situation and made a decision that took into account the safety of their teams vis-a-vis an attempted rescue.

    From http://www.superclimb.co.za/default.asp?id=180214&des=article&scat=superclimb/expedition

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