In the death zone everyone is at risk. It’s not an Olympic yacht race. The same rules do not apply.
Anyone who climbs that high knows the risks.
As I write at least 10 have died during the 2006 Everest high season. Thomas Weber died on the way up at 8,700m. His partner David Sharp freaked out on the way down and died 300m below the summit. Perhaps 40 climbers passed unwilling or unable to save him.
They were criticized by Edmund Hillary â€” but I don’t judge them. I’m not sure what I would do.
Lincoln Hall, another day, was left for dead at 8,800m. He survived overnight, a miracle, and was helped down the mountain next day.
What I am saying is that this issue is more complicated than it seems. Read Beck Weathers uplifting book Left For Dead before you pass judgement.
Climber left for dead rescued from Everest
There is no hiker more famous than Ray Jardine. He is often credited with igniting the light weight hiking revolution.
Jardine championed hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail using only lightweight gear.
He replaced tent with a tarp & sleeping bag with a quilt. He advises that we make & modify our own gear.
His controversial book Beyond Backpacking (1999) is now the Bible for many thru-hikers.
In his spare time, Jardine rowed across the Atlantic, kayaked to the Arctic Ocean, cycled across America twice, and canoed the sub-Arctic wilderness.
Oh, and he invented the “Friend” used by all elite rock climbers.
Check Ray Jardine’s eclectic website.
Inspired by Chris Bonnington’s Quest for Adventure, a regular Canadian kid became an Adventurer.
cycling the Karakoram Highway
hiking the CANOL trail
paddling the Blue Nile
guiding paddling tours in the Arctic
kayaking in Belize
Kirkby hooked up with Jamie Clarke, Calgary’s most famous adventurer for:
Mt. Everest 1997 (Kirkby was communications man)
Empty Quarter of Arabia
His greatest claim to fame (or greatest sufferfest) was what he called The Grande Cirque â€” the first circumnavigation of British Columbia’s southern Coast Range.
His best destination so far â€” the Mergui Archipelago of Burma, off-limits to everyone for the past 50 years.
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