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Its seriously incredible how many ways you can die at that height. Lack of oxygen, altitude sickness, hypothermia, frostbite, etc. The most ridiculous part for me is that if you die while making a summit attempt, your body just stays where it lies. There is no way for anyone to get you down off the mountain. Apparently helicopters can't go that high, so its really one of the last places on earth where noone can help you. Its totally up to you if you live or die.
Double-amputee climber Mark Inglis revealed in an interview with the press on May 23, 2006, that his climbing party, and many others, had passed a distressed climber, David Sharp, on May 15, sheltering under a rock overhang 450 meters below the summit, without attempting a rescue. The revelation sparked wide debate on climbing ethics, especially as applied to Everest. The climbers who left him said that the rescue efforts would be useless and only cause more deaths because of how many people it would have taken to pull him off. Much of this controversy was captured by the Discovery Channel while filming the television program Everest: Beyond the Limit.
As this debate raged, on May 26, Australian climber Lincoln Hall was found alive, after being declared dead the day before. He was found by a party of four climbers (Dan Mazur, Andrew Brash, Myles Osborne and Jangbu Sherpa) who, giving up their own summit attempt, stayed with Hall and descended with him and a party of 11 Sherpas sent up to carry him down. Hall later fully recovered.
Its pretty awesome stuff. Anybody see this show? Anybody ever climb a mountain in real life? Is there any cool mountainous features near where you live that are good to hike?