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Another Everest Horror Story

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Another Everest Horror Story

Postby ColoMtnHiker » Fri May 25, 2007 3:00 pm

Left to die on Everest an American and his Sherpa risked their own lives to bring this woman down. This is the second time in two years that this has happened and both people have to thank God that true mountaineerers found them.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275380,00.html
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Postby ddunlap » Fri May 25, 2007 3:14 pm

BIG kudos to Hahn and Dorje!!!!! I'd climb with you guys anyday/anywhere.

And to those who passed Usha by, YOU AND YOUR EXCUSES DON'T BELONG ON THAT MOUNTAIN!
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Postby JimR » Fri May 25, 2007 3:20 pm

Ok, I don't like the way the term hero is overused/abused, but those guys clearly qualify. As for other people involved, they qualify for other terms that I don't much like to use.
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Postby JHopper » Fri May 25, 2007 3:25 pm

thats amazing, thank god

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Postby HikerGuy » Fri May 25, 2007 3:27 pm

I've had the privilege to climb with some of the IMG guides, awesome group of men and women. Hahn is a class act.

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Postby cheeseburglar » Fri May 25, 2007 3:34 pm

Those guys rock!
If you aren't fit enough to help with a mountain rescue, you probably shouldn't be on the mountain!
But the checkbooks make that decision on that mountain.
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Postby guitmo223 » Sat May 26, 2007 7:44 pm

I may be mistaken, but I thought it was standard operating procedure on Everest to bypass climbers in need of help, especially at altitude. These people went above and beyond. Kudos!
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Postby neighbor » Sun May 27, 2007 4:59 am

there ain't enough people like them in this world
where's houdini???

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Postby Two Headed Boy » Sun May 27, 2007 6:24 am

I've only had to cut the rope on my partners a handful of times. It wasn't because I was in danger it was because they were making fun of me, climbing to slow, were ugly, etc.

Postby jimlup » Sun May 27, 2007 4:53 pm

And another perspective:

http://mounteverest.net/news.php?news=16014

And reminders of the Dave Sharp incident last year.
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Postby rob runkle » Mon May 28, 2007 7:31 am

Great story of compansion.

BUTTTT!!! If you attempt an adventure like this, and you are either unprepared, or unlucky, YOU DIE! Period. Everyone else on the mountain is also on their last threads of life. Why should they have to give away their life breaths to help this person. Amazing that they could, and it lifts my heart. But, it should NOT be assumed, or expect. And, lack of assistance should not be condemed. You help, and you might die. She took on the risk, and failed. She shouldn't have taken the risk!! I say "she" in this example, but this could apply to anyone that has put themselves in this position.

Rob

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Postby rob runkle » Mon May 28, 2007 10:54 am

g wrote:Couldn't disagree more.


Explain then...

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Let me expound my thoughts with an analogy.

If a house were burning, and someone was stuck inside. Dozens of people were outside, watching helplessly. Each observer has one of two options. Run into the house, risk their own lives, and maybe be able to save the person inside. Or stay outside and not put themselves at UNKNOWN risk. The person who runs into the house and successfully saves someone is called a "Hero!" The person to goes inside and trys to help, but fails, is called, "an additional unfortunate LOSS!"

Rob

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