Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest

Near the top of Everest, the soft morning light revealed clear blue skies for miles around.

He’d spent seven hours clambering up the mountain through ice and snow, and now an exhausted Daniel Mazur sensed that success was near.

Although it was ten
degrees below zero near the top of Everest, the soft morning light revealed clear blue skies for miles around. This is perfect — we’re definitely going to
summit today, the climbing guide told himself, digging his crampons into the ice and taking a few more cautious steps. He and his companions were less than
three hours away from the spectacular 29,035-foot summit.

Near the top of Mount EverestRichard I'Anson/Lonely Planet ImagesNear the top of Everest, the soft morning light revealed clear blue skies for miles around.

It was 7:30 a.m. when Mazur climbed onto a narrow ledge called Mushroom Rock to rest and offer encouragement to his SummitClimb teammates, Andrew Brash of Canada, Myles Osborne of England and their Sherpa guide, Jongbu.

As the men looked out on the
snow-covered peaks below, Mazur suddenly saw a flash of bright yellow to his left. Was it a tent? No way, he thought, squinting to take a closer look. No
climber would camp out at this altitude. The yellow blur moved again, and Mazur’s jaw dropped in amazement. What the hell? he wondered.

Perched
precariously on the edge of a jagged cliff was a man sitting cross-legged, trying to change his shirt. His thick snowsuit was unzipped to the waist and he
had no hat, gloves or sunglasses.

Without an oxygen mask, sleeping bag, food or water, there was no reason for Lincoln Hall to be alive at 28,000 feet, and
he seemed to know it. Pulling his frostbitten hands out of his shirt, Hall looked up at Mazur.

“I imagine you are surprised to see me here,” he said.

Hall had been alone on the mountain since 7:30 the night before. Following an arduous climb up the north ridge, he and his teammates had reached the summit
at nine that morning. After celebrating the glorious view of the earth’s curve and posing for victory photos, they started on their descent, hoping to
reach camp before dangerous afternoon storms rolled in.

But at 28,000 feet, Hall’s feet had stopped moving and he was overcome by a deep fatigue. He turned
to one of the Sherpas he was climbing with. “I need to lie down — I need to sleep,” he told him.

With 25 years of experience behind him, Hall was a seasoned
mountaineer. He had climbed Everest once before, in 1984, but failed to summit. Now, although he didn’t have the presence of mind to realize it, he was
suffering from cerebral edema, a severe form of altitude sickness. The condition causes the brain to swell and leads to a stumbling, intoxicated gait,
hallucinations and, eventually, death.

In fact, this area of the mountain, right below the summit, is known as the “death zone.” It is incredibly steep and
icy, requiring climbers to use fixed ropes and ice axes to hack their way to the top and then back down again. And because of the high altitude, if a
climber is going to get sick, it usually happens here.

Normally, the descent from here to advanced base camp takes about two hours. But Hall was weak and
increasingly uncooperative as the edema overtook him. Two Sherpas had to lower him down between them, wasting precious daylight, while the rest of the
group kept going.

After nine hours, Hall went limp. He appeared to be dead, and the Sherpas were ordered by their leader to leave him on the mountain.

Checking one last time for signs of life, one of the men poked Hall in the eye. When there was no response, they gathered his backpack, food, water and
extra oxygen and returned to the high camp.

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337 thoughts on “Hiker Left for Dead on Mount Everest

  1. 2 ways to see it. Those who helped who are real people. And the fact that even thousands of feet up in the air the world has so many selfish selfish selfish people!!

  2. honestly i would much rather listen to someone telling a story about how they saved a life than how they reached a mountain top. that alone makes the former a much more valuable adventure.

  3. Lots of people have reached the summit. Very few have rescued a fellow climber from that height.

  4. lots of rescue workers die trying to save others, life is about rewards/risk. I’ve met plenty of old folks who have not lived one day… I feel compassion for those that don’t put others at risk, and compassion for those that save others… People who climb Everest for the “glory” are worthless…

    .

  5. This is why no one wants to help the Italians out in terms of a bailout. No speak,
    Italiano.

  6. people have a choice of the memory of summiting Everest or leaving behind someone in need. All to often they chose to summit. not a surprise because the sport is filled with self serving individuals, it is the nature of the sport. Today if you had a couple of bucks and the fact you reached the summit of Everest you would be able to buy a coffee at Starbucks, without the bucks? your out of luck

  7. Wow, you people truly don’t realize it is practically impossible to rescue a person at 28,000 feet?

  8. I KNOW NOTHING OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF EVEREST, but is it possible to build some kind of pre-fab, modular way station somewhere along the way, maybe at the 25-27k level. The governments pay with fees charged to climbers, the Sherpas haul it pieces at a time to an anchorable spot eventually to be outfitted with generator, food, first aid, oxygen and a powerful radio. It would take time and effort, but could save many lives. I doubt that the will exists to have such a thing because it would take away the risk-level that climbers want, and it may not be possible, I don’t know. I just wonder if those that do know have considered the possibilities.

  9. Climbing Everest proves nothing. Hundreds of thousands of people do it. It comes down to planning and quality of equipment. The humanity these people showed puts them on a mountain higher than any peak in Everest leads to.

  10. Could people contemplating a climb, just look at the videos of past climbers, call it good, and donate the cost of a climb to their favorite charity?

  11. Climbing mountains is a dangerous adventure. Do you have the right to persue this adventure, then fail in it, and demand that others put their lives at risk, in an attempt to save you?

    1. No one demanded anything. Three men decided a human life was more important than a summit.

  12. Come on, a 95 year old man made it along with a paraplegic, a child, a dog, an 80 year old lady, and thousands of other people who wanted to make the previously thought impossible feat. There are some commercial operators setting up to create gear and the technical guides to take pretty much anybody up there with a healthy heart. They are working with Nepal to get the rules lifted on the maximum amount of climbers who can go up and to also create a lot of permanent cement steps, reinforced ladders, and maybe an automatic transport for some of the climb. I guess the climbers who have made it prior to the modernization of the climb can boast they did it without all the technology.

  13. This is some attitude: “Only the strong will survive” We are not talking about animals.

  14. God will reward Mazur and Hall. as for the scum who left Hall to die. Well, their fate is decided and they probably have no idea that they are gonna rot in hell.

  15. So they missed their once in a lifetime experience, lost thousands of dollars, and risked their lives just to save some idiot who had no business being up there? If he was still there when I came back, I’d help him down but no way would I even slow down on the way up.

  16. Kudos to the rescuers.
    Dropping $20K on your life’s dream and sacrificing it for a prefect stranger in need?
    That is truly commendable.

    Where are people like this when election time comes around in this country?
    We need these kind of folks in government.

  17. We enjoy the ability of opinion without the knowledge of our disability of thought. Mt. Everest is a dangerous place, kind like a burning building, those who run in, reach the top floor and come back, get a trophy. Those who run in are daredevils, and not trained in rescue people from a burning building. If you are not a professional rescuer in any circumstances, do not attempt to rescue, since you are most likely to add yourself to the victims’ list.

  18. We never do anything alone, even though we sometimes think we are alone here on Earth. There is forever a Higher Power guiding us. What a wonderfull story of succes and of moral integrity, utilizing Will, and Will-Power to sustain precious life we are given as a Gift. Whatever we think our purpose is in this lifetime, when we typically do something, it initially is just ego based. Our Inner Guide and Our Higher Power propels us to move in the direction of our true mission, unbeknowst to us at the time, affecting others and ourselves, where every action creates a reaction, feeding our souls, and healing our lineage past. For all who took part in this venture, through every decision they made, every action they took, were witnesses to their own internal and eternal Fruits of Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control. Thank you or sharing.
    In Harmony

  19. I salute THE REAL MEN that stopped to helped a fallen man. They are AMAZING. They won much MORE than ANY summit, they won their HUMANITY.

  20. Perhaps they should publish a “list of shame” with the names of all those 40 people who refused a cry for help (and all those in future who do as well). That way people whom the “summiteer” knows and brags to could check his/her name against the list and learn the truth of that person.

  21. Lotta rich Type-A guys out there who would be only too happy to leave their buddies to die just to reach the top…of anything.

  22. It seems as if climbers lose their moral compass. How one lives with themselves after completing the journey only to leave behind mortal souls to do it. 40 climbers passed this human…….

  23. I am never and will never be impressed with anyone climbing the himalayas. They have destroyed that environment. salutation tho to Mazur for doing the right thing.

  24. I don’t know what it is, this particular day, this particular author, this particular story… but I find this account *truly* heartbreaking. To me, because I know *I’ll* never do it, the unimaginable, doubtlessly (and literally) breathtaking, spectacular experience of standing on the top of the world, balanced against the fact that simple, mundane logistics, mean that people die, and REMAIN both ‘there’ and ‘gone’ … leaves me at a total loss for words to describe how that makes me feel… leaving fellow adventurers to die because you HAVE to make it to the top. Dear God, how could you LIVE with yourself…

  25. Helping someone in distress is what every human should do. At the very least, do everything that is within one’s capabilities to help. Yes, it’s not smth that you get medals for, but even animals exhibit such spirit and grace. “40 people who passed by” are behaving worse than beasts. People don’t expect you to sacrifice your own life for someone else’s, but the least you could do is stop climbing up but head down to find help. Surely you have enough resources (i.e. food and oxygen) for that? Unless of course you plan to reach the summit and die there.

  26. How could ANYONE human leave a person for dead. As far as these two Italians, shame on them! What AHs.

  27. Are your penises larger as you gaze over what you think you’ve conquered? It really is rather disgusting.

  28. Why is the article titled Hiker Left for Dead on Everest? Clearly this guy did not strap on hiking shows for an enjoyable afternoon trek to the hills.

    Mark O’ Mailey

  29. I think people are forgetting one thing here. Once in the Death Zone, nobody can carry you off Everest. People can help guide you down the slope, share O2 bottles, help anchor you to prevent you from being blown off the mountain but you still have to save yourself with your own two feet.

    The difference between Lincoln Hall and David Sharp was simply that… Hall could walk while Sharp was frozen to where he set.

    In the Death Zone the human body is dying. There is simply not enough O2 to keep the body alive. Now include the temperature with wind chile can be as low as minus 75 Celsius, winds can be sudden and powerful (upto 175miles/hr… for comparison a Category 5
    Hurricane starts at 156miles/hr), and you are climbing a mountain.

    And please… don’t say stupid things like I would stay to comfort… the only reason you are warm is because you are active. The moment you stop moving your body cools down. And before you know it you are sleepy, feel the need to sit down and are soon dead.

  30. I can’t imagine leaving someone. I can imagine the agony of defeat. Actually you guys won.You will reach the real summit someday and God will welcome you in.
    God bless and never stop exploring.

  31. So glad people have compassion for others in this world.  And isn’t ‘I saved a man’s life’ a better story to tell people when you get home rather than ‘I climbed to the top of a mountain’

    1. how would you go about saving a man’s life at 28k feet? please run the logistics through your mind before answering. also, please read a couple of books like “into thin air” to give you an understanding of just what the human body and mind go through at that altitude. you are eye level with jumbo jets at that height. better yet, watch “Everest, Beyond the Limit”. it’s on netflix.

  32. The Italians who claimed they could not speak English and countless other who stepped over dying men to reach the summit, may have climbed to the top of Everest, but the only summit they reached was one of evil and shame.

  33. It’s difficult to imagine that none of these men are expressing how the achievement of saving a guy’s life is more satisfying than reaching the peak of Everest…Because it seems like that would be in and of itself a once in a lifetime experience that means much more than reaching the top

  34. Hello??? Editors???? A person near the summit of this monstrously high mountain is NOT a “hiker.” 

  35. The lure of climbing is an undeniable urge to some.  I can’t grasp the concept.  There are too many Mt. Everest to climb in life.  Avoiding missteps and misques can be an art.  Arriving at home after a day’s work can be nothing short of a miracle.  From birth to death is often a booby trap – and it takes one skilled at letting alot slide just to cross the finish line.  To those who wish to place themselves in pervil – do so at your own risk.   

  36. How in the world can you refer to anyone at 28,000 feet up Everest as a “HIKER” ???
    ( You would fit in nicely at CCN)

  37. Heartwarming story. There have been many stories of “every man for himself” on the climb to the peak and I’m sure there are situations when difficult decisions have to be made by team leaders for the common good. But in this case the Italian duo were shameful, while the trio who stayed with hall were heroes. I hope they they have another opportunity to summit in the future. I don’t climb, but had an opportunity to visit the Everest base camp in ’94. I was astonished to hear people refer to climbing everest in rather cavalier terms. “There is a path beaten to the summit,” one person said. Another claimed that “the most difficult thing about Everest is having to suffer all the garbage on the way.” The consensus was that Everest was no longer the big challenge. The other peaks – K@ etc were much more of a challenge. Well, two seasons later the tragedy of 96 occurred and I’m sure silenced the braggarts.

  38. One thing for sure…they will never have to help me down that mountain.

  39. So what.  if you’re stupid enough to risk your life for this event, you’re stupid enough to be left behind.

  40. Every person that walked past any person injured on that path should have their names forever written in a plaq of shame at Base Camp. (In 3 ft letters) and posted on the internet forever!

    1. hmmm…please let us know how you would help someone get down the mountain that is incapacitated at 28k feet.

  41. every person that walked past any person injured on that path should have their names forever written in a plaq of shame at Base Camp.  In 3 ft letters and posted on the internet for ever!

  42. Mazur and his party deserve high marks for not leaving Hall on the mountain to die, even though it meant cutting their trip to the summit short. As for those Italian hikers, all I can say is karma gets you every time! You’d just better hope that you don’t need someone’s help some day and all they can say to you is “No speak English or Italian”.

  43. My trouble is how much is it like trying a rescue a drowning swimmer, where it is just as likely to lead to more deaths as it is to save anyone.  With swimmers that can be averted by proper training, but mountain climbers are a different story that high up, because your body simply cannot survive in that environment for extended periods.

  44. Not being a climber, I have a different perspective.
    (1) What kind of sport is this that people have a VERY good chance of dying in the process?
    (2) I noticed that the Writer and savior of Lincoln Hall did not and could not say that Lincoln Hall got in touch with him after his recovery and thanked him profusely and they became lifelong friends. Nor that Lincoln Hall EVEN contacted the three of them EVER! That is part of the SAME mentality that makes climbers leave incapacitated climbers to die. The three of them saved his life and he didn’t even reach out to them. Sad. If Lincoln Hall returns to Everest, I can see him leaving someone else to die.

    1. I’m sorry I agree.  There is something missing in people who don’t even try to help.  I could not live with myself if I passed someone in trouble and continued on to the top.  What kind of accomplishment is that to be proud of?.  

  45. That one summit your won’t have bad dreams about !  Good men always stand out from the crowd.

  46. Great story! Very Inspiring! However, I do want to point out that while in this case, they found him up, moving around and talking (even if he wasn’t making sense and having hallucinations), many times when climbers are “left for dead” on Everest, or other mountains such as K2, they are NOT up and moving around and already appear dead. Just as when the sherpas initially left him. All climbers know that as soon as you decide to step onto the mountain you are risking your own life; and you understand that attempting a rescue of an unconscious person who is dead to the world at 28,000 ft is only going to end in the death of more people. This story is the exception, Lincoln Hall was  able to move under his own power (for the most part). Don’t be so quick to condem those in the past who have left behind someone they believed to be dead or very near death, or who climb over bodies of the past dead. HOWEVER, I will agree that the ethics and morals of climbing have changed and that it has become more about personal glory and less about the community and team aspect. If you liked this story, I would suggest you read (or watch the documentary) “Touching the Void”. Another great story about survival on the mountain. It was written by the man who as “left” on the mountain by his climbing partner after he had to cut the rope he was hanging on. Joe Simpson, the author, wrote the book because many people jumped to condem Simon Yates, his climbing partner, because he cut the rope. BUT the only reason they both survived was because he DID cut the rope. Remember, how it appears after the fact when you are sitting in your lazy-boy with a cup of coffee isn’t neccessarily how it appeared on the mountain with the hypothermia and frostbite setting in.

  47. Awesome story – oh if there were more like Mr. Mazur many more people wouldn’t have died.  I guess they will be judged and found wanting when they stand before their makers.  Thank you again Mr. Mazur and your team for believing people are more important than a trip to the top of the mountain.  God Bless you.

  48. Awesome story – oh if there were more like Mr. Mazur many more people wouldn’t have died.  I guess they will be judged and found wanting when they stand before their makers.  Thank you again Mr. Mazur and your team for believing people are more important than a trip to the top of the mountain.  God Bless you.

  49. we need to immediately close all mountains internationally on which there have been deaths to climbing by anyone, any time. climbing any hazardous ascent and climbing any snow covered mountain, or any mountain in which the thinness of the air causes hallucinations without an oxygen mask must be banned. there will always be stupid fools risking their precious lives to do something ridiculously dangerous. as long as they are willing to pay money, guides will be willing to risk their own lives to lead them. an international team of helicopter rescue pilots need to collect all visible bodies and have them interred at the bases of the mountains or returned to their families for burial. anyone attempting to scale the mountains have to be stopped, arrested and deported or jailed if citizens of the country and their climbing equipment confiscated and burned. enough with idiots, already!  

  50. we need to immediately close all mountains internationally on which there have been deaths to climbing by anyone, any time. climbing any hazardous ascent and climbing any snow covered mountain, or any mountain in which the thinness of the air causes hallucinations without an oxygen mask must be banned. there will always be stupid fools risking their precious lives to do something ridiculously dangerous. as long as they are willing to pay money, guides will be willing to risk their own lives to lead them. an international team of helicopter rescue pilots need to collect all visible bodies and have them interred at the bases of the mountains or returned to their families for burial. anyone attempting to scale the mountains have to be stopped, arrested and deported or jailed if citizens of the country and their climbing equipment confiscated and burned. enough with idiots, already!  

  51. On a clear day near perfect conditions you had the intestinsal fortitude to skip Mt. Everests’ highest peak to help a fellow human retain his life.  I think you took the higher road!

  52. On a clear day near perfect conditions you had the intestinsal fortitude to skip Mt. Everests’ highest peak to help a fellow human retain his life.  I think you took the higher road!

  53. We could stop letting people go up Everest…it is a stupid activity and it gets people killed.  If the hikers are such ego-driven monsters that they have no concern for human life then why do we care about placating them?
    We could institute laws that require any hiker to help anyone in need or be jailed, but that crap never works…just close the mountain to hikers.  The Sherpas would probably rather be free to enjoy their mountain than be hired as pack mules anyways.

  54. Wow. I don’t care how important a goal is to me. I could NEVER knowingly leave someone to die. That person is someones mother/sister/father/brother/child. They are someone’s everything.  What have we come to as humans?

  55. There are about 100 bodies up there on Mt . Everest Please do not tell me nobody knew that.

  56. Not to mention you left with a better story to tell people. No offense…but no one but you and a select few even cares if you make it to the top of Mount Everest. But way more people care that you cared more for another than your own personal ego pursuit.

  57. Lincoln Hall knows Mega Millions’ worth. He’s already won. Well done guys if you ever read this.

  58. I believe saving a life is a greater accomplishment than reaching the peak.  Those men and women are the real hero’s instead of the one’s who just walk by and ignore someone who is in need of help.  Thank you for your compassion and belief in human kind and brotherhood.  To the climbers who stopped to help I just want to say that in my eyes, you reached the peak!!!!

  59. Absolutely Correct!
    And a lesson for us all!
    We seem to have lost our bearings!
    Drunk with ambition, spite and selfishness…
    But how hard it is to see or to admit our own shortcomings.

  60. What this article doesn’t say is how precarious every climber’s life is at that altitude. The effort required to carry or even control a hallucinating, thrashing adult could be all it takes to push the helpers over the ledge, metaphorically (and perhaps literally) speaking. That little bit of extra exertion could overtax a body already struggling to function on far too little oxygen, and the body count could rise dramatically. Every climber knows, when they undertake the climb, that they could die – and that their companions have no obligation to die playing Good Samaritan. I’m glad they were able to help him, but you can’t blame the ones who choose not to help. Each climber makes the choice to make the climb, acknowledging that death is one possible outcome. No climber is obligated to further increase his risk of death to help someone else who made the same choice. 

  61. this is routine. there is no “rescue squad” to come get you above camp 3. You’re on your own and everyone knows that before they ascend.

  62. All climbers know that the Everest ascent could be their last days on earth.  It’s the risk they all take and they cannot expect someone to sacrifice their own life for them….end of story.   I

  63. First off – you do not HIKE Mt. Everest, you CLIMB it. 

    Second, anyone that attempts Everest knows that if you are going to fall back too much that others lives would be in danger to keep you going, then you are left for dead.  Dr. Beck Weathers was left for dead too – and knew that was the code.  He made it out miraculously and wrote the book “Left For Dead”

    Third, part of the climbers’ code is to foresake the summit to save a life – and MEGA KUDOS to the climbers who did just that.  You should be NOTHING BUT PROUD of the choice you made.

  64. these guys reached a higher peak then everest- concern for their fellow man—!!!!

  65. “People have completely lost sight of what is important.”  — Sir Edmund Hillary upon learning that 40 climbers had passed by David Sharp.

    So true.  It has a name.  It is called selfishness.
    Just think about that mentality.
    “I don’t care if you die, I gotta get to the top of this mountain.”

  66. MR LINCOLN HALL R.I.P.– MAYBE MONEY SPENT ON CLIMBING MOUNTAIN CAN BE BETTER SPENT ON CURES FOR CANCER.

  67. What a great yet heartbreaking story. Thank you for doing the right thing and saving a life.

  68. I really think that any “mounting climbing” should be “outlawed.” period!
    Some of you are “right”, how these “climbers sleep at night?”

  69.  Let’s face it–many or most of these people would stand ZERO chance of summiting Everest if guides and sherpas didn’t hold their hands the whole way.  Everest needs about 1% of the traffic it gets, and that shouild be climbers with bona fide credentials, not blue bloods with 10K to get carried up the mountain.

    1.  Summiting Everest is so “been there done that”. 

      Now I gotta get me a submarine and go to the bottom of the ocean floor.

  70. Sorry to learn of Mr. Hall’s death. He at least had an opportunity to return home to his family and friends thanks to the climbers who refused to abandon him to his fate. They may not have reached the top of Everest but they surely proved they were heroes.   

  71. Not the first time by a long shot. Read Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air.” They ought to pass a local law any climber ignoring a request or need for help on the part of another climber should be prosecuted for murder with an automatic life sentence.

  72. there are some real men after all.,God bless you guys Mothers abort their own children why wouldn’t those poor excuse for men walk over bodys
     

  73. What Mazur and the Sherpas did was more important than reaching the summit.  I just wish the article had named all the Sherpas, they deserve recognition for their bravery, too.  

  74. Nice Italian hikers. I hope they aren’t representative of how privileged Western Europeans would respond when their fellow man is in need.

  75. Nice Italian hikers. I hope they aren’t representative of how privileged Western Europeans would respond when their fellow man is in need.

  76. it’s clear that this author has no real perception of what it’s actually like to climb everest. would YOU be able to carry a full grown man plus all of his gear down complex cliffs on a mountain? some passages require climbers to climb down ladders. how would it be possible to “help” a climber suffering and get him or her down these passages. it’s impossible. rescues are not possible that high up. the sheraps would have had to carry him down. it’s not that climbers don’t try to support each other or “REFUSE TO HELP” it’s that everyone is on a strict time limit with their oxygen and everyone is fighting to stay alive. climbers know they may die going in and how dangerous it is to rest.

  77. Its comforting to know there are people in this world who are willing to sacrafice “anything” for a complete stranger.   Thank you for making the world a better place. 

  78. Mr. Mazur, God Bless YOUR Soul, as well as the two men who were with you and had never reached the summit. however, to me, there was no decision to make at all –  the accomplishment of a great feat can never be compared to a person’s life – though it obviously was by the Italian sub-humans in your story. God save their souls.

  79. That man is extremely lucky.  It is almost physically impossible to carry somebody back if they can’t do it under their own power.  More often than not, climbers will have to walk by or over other climbers that are too far gone or already dead. Alive or dead, you can’t bring them back down.  There are over 100 corpses laying up there that can’t be retrieved. Terrible, absolutely.  Mother Nature set’s her own rules on the mountain and they contradict everything we are as human beings. 

  80. you climb with a team, but you are on your own if you fail. everyone that decides to climb is doing it for themselves.for an extra $5k, he could have his own sherpa that would not leave him for any reason when trouble hit. These guys did a great thing to save another human being, but lincoln hall should have expected to be left, been prepared to die. those who dont climb can not understand. in this “sport”, they rate the climbs based on the how badly you will be injured if you fall! pay $20,000 to climb, knowing you have a 1 in 4 chance of dieing even if you reach the summit? then stop to babysit someone that failed and give up your chance to succeeed? gee, I wonder why all those others just kept climbing.

  81. what this article failed to mention is that at the altitudes these people are climbing the air is about half of what it is at sea level. the act of trying to save someones life or even bringing down a body is EXTREMELY risky to the people on the rescue mission. and in most cases they will not bring down someone who is allready dead. the risk is just to great. the people that are still alive are trying to stay that way.. it comes down the cold reality of survival. i would suggest that people that are judging the decisions made on everest to try climbing the mountain yourself before you offer your very uninformed opinions. 

  82. Nice work, and the right call.  Going with the other option would have put an unacceptable tarnish on the achievement anyway.   This is a bigger accomplishment in my view, giving up the summit for one’s fellow man.

  83. If there ascent had been initiated as a mission to save Hall it would have been considered a rousing success without a shade of disappointment. As time passes I’m sure the disappointment of not obtaining their original objective will fade and the satisfaction of saving a man’s life will become the prevailing memory of the event. Plus they get the added bonus of being able to live with themselves unlike others who were not men of good conscience.

  84. What has happened to our society?
    Is it really SO IMPORTANT to get to the summit that they would pass by someone in need (close to death)  My G-d what souless people!!!
    I am fearful for the future……..

  85. In times of emergency/stress there are people who: 1) do the right thing 2) fail the test. Kudos to Mr. Mazur & company. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Folks today just don’t have the moral compass of yesteryear. It’s NOT hard to do the RIGHT thing. All one needs is a backbone and, the balls to carry it out. To all those who passed Mr. Hall and did nothing, SHAME ON YOU. How can you call yourselves humans??

  86. The Hero’s of this Will be on the peak of eternity with Jesus Christ. Amen

  87. Let’s find those Italians on that summit attempt and pay them a visit!

  88. Kudos to Mazur and his fellow climbers…the right decision is not always the easiest to make but it is infinitely easier to live with for the rest of your life.  Well done! 

  89. i just wanted to say thank you to andrew brash, myles osborne and dan mazur… YOU ARE ALL HEROES and you should be treated as such…….. what you did was the right thing and GOD will bles you and reward you for what you did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GeorgiannSue l. Lane

  90. i just wanted to say thank you to andrew brash, myles osborne and dan mazur… YOU ARE ALL HEROES and you should be treated as such…….. what you did was the right thing and GOD will bles you and reward you for what you did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GeorgiannSue l. Lane

  91. just another example of mans unbelievable self interest and narcissism. How you can walk by a dying human being for bragging rights. All future thoughts of Everest will be clouded by this story and to me, this along with the stories of all the garbage and bodies makes this one of the sadder places on the planet.

  92. just another example of mans unbelievable self interest and narcissism. How you can walk by a dying human being for bragging rights. All future thoughts of Everest will be clouded by this story and to me, this along with the stories of all the garbage and bodies makes this one of the sadder places on the planet.

  93. just another example of mans unbelievable self interest and narcissism. How you can walk by a dying human being for bragging rights. All future thoughts of Everest will be clouded by this story and to me, this along with the stories of all the garbage and bodies makes this one of the sadder places on the planet.

  94. just another example of mans unbelievable self interest and narcissism. How you can walk by a dying human being for bragging rights. All future thoughts of Everest will be clouded by this story and to me, this along with the stories of all the garbage and bodies makes this one of the sadder places on the planet.

  95. I’d bet one of those two Italian climbers that wouldn’t stop and help was the captain of the sinking cruise ship that “fell into” a lifeboat.

  96. It’s almost a part of the culture. “You are on your own buddy.” They leave their humanity at base camp in return for a shot at the summit. Mazur is an extremely rare person on that mountain. The Italians are the most common.

    To be fair, many are not mentally or phyically capable under those conditions to help anyone but themselves. In my opinion it’s a stupid endeavor on many levels.

  97. It’s almost a part of the culture. “You are on your own buddy.” They leave their humanity at base camp in return for a shot at the summit. Mazur is an extremely rare person on that mountain. The Italians are the most common.

    To be fair, many are not mentally or phyically capable under those conditions to help anyone but themselves. In my opinion it’s a stupid endeavor on many levels.

  98. There’s always next year for the climbers to reach the sumit — and if they hadn’t helped Mr. Hall, there would not have been a next year for him.

    The choice is simple when put into perspective.  Bravo!

  99. That would have taken all my restraint to not walk over to the Italians and knock them out cold…

  100. Hmmm!!!  The problem I see is . The guides were hired to guide and protect. seems like they forgot to protect.

  101. How can people ignore someone in trouble, someone who will DIE without help, in order to reach the top of a mountain?  I don’t care if it costs $100,000 to climb Everest, how good would you feel about that “victory” when you know you left another person to die?  Good for you, Mazur, Brash and Osborne.  There will be a special place in heaven for you.  And if anybody reads this, maybe they’ll put a sign ON TOP OF EVEREST with your names on it….  

  102. You idiots clearly don’t know anything about mountain climbing. You can’t help every person you see on the mountain because it puts your life in danger as well. Mountain climbers on Everest know they risks they take and they shouldn’t expect someone else to pay for your mistake. Do some research before you start blathering on about morality. Idiots.

  103. Before you judge the hikers who left this man to die, do a little research on what it’s really like to climb Mt. Everest! It is like nothing else in the world (I’m told). It’s often literally impossible to save another person’s life, or even to drag a frozen corpse off the mountain without losing your own life. Yet people still consider it the challenge of a lifetime to summit Mt. Everest! They consider it noble and heroic. I don’t.

    My heroes are firefighters, police officers, and paramedics, who risk their lives every day to help others, but would NEVER put themselves in as dangerous a situation as that – it’s against their training to do anything so stupid.

  104. Thank you for doing the right thing.  The others who passed by will get theirs when karma comes around.

  105. This gentleman that died on the mountain knew what the hazards were and are.  What they do is dangerous and you can be killed with ONE mistake.  That is what happened here.  We all have to make choices in life and the others chose to live.  I would have done the same thing.

  106. No greater love than to lay down your life for another. That does not mean that you must die in the doing, but to make the attempt to save another even if it means you make the ultimate sacrifice.

  107. I’m always ambivolent when I read stories about people who “tempt fate” with some sort of dangerous undertaking.  The facts are that, sometimes, people get hurt, and sometimes they die.  Those who are successful are celebrated for “living on the edge”, and “overcoming the odds.”  While I can be happy that this climber was able to survive, I would also have found it difficult to mourn if he had not.  When someone chooses to attempt some sort of ultra-dangerous act, and that someone fails, I simply think that that  person risked their life unnecessarily, and they died as a result.  In some cases, those people put the lives of other people in jeopardy when they require rescue.  For that reason, I remain unimpressed with daredevils who attempt death-defying stunts just for the notoriety or for the “thrill of it.”

  108. I have no sympathy for any of them. What they do is like Russian roulette. They’re all fools. 

  109. There are still some people with values. God Bless them, and may God have mercy on the others who left someone to die.

  110. Gentlemen, you have reached earth’s highest summit. Putting another ahead of yourself makes you heroes in my book.

  111. Gentlemen, you have reached earth’s highest summit. Putting another ahead of yourself makes you heroes in my book.

  112. These guy hit the summit of life. A full bucket of well done to you!

  113. Mr Mazur, You reached a peak of integrity that most can never attain. Sadly most never try.

  114. Mr Mazur, You reached a peak of integrity that most can never attain. Sadly most never try.

  115. Bravo to Mr Mazur, Osborne and the other gentleman.  You 3 have in fact, conquered much more then the “No speak English” fellows who passed you by.  Your humanity versus their narcissism is a bright beacon of hope for everyone.

  116. You guys reached a much higher peak, well done!!! The
    Italians that walked on by, shame on you!!! @thedailycrust: I understand the
    risks and that there are times when you have no choice, but when the choice is
    to leave a person to die, that could possibly be saved because saving them
    would mean sacrificing your summit (like the Italians in the story and many
    others over history)…….then shame on you, your summit has come at a
    terrible moral price. That is the choice them separates saints from scum

  117. I believe we all have a duty to act.I hope the clinbers who acted so selfishly never need help.But, we always need someone.

  118. Of course, the italians wouldn’t help, their  always out for themselves.  

  119. I’m all for personal accomplishment, but sadly some very accomplished people (including some I personally know very well) don’t seem to have a conscience.    They literally would step over their own best friend in order to get to “the top” (both literally and figuratively).    
    And what I find interesting is that these same people truly don’t accept that they are doing anything wrong.    I honestly believe they feel they are utterly innocent of any wrongdoing, and when people complain about their behavior, they just shrug it off as “jealousy”.

  120. Where are the donations to send expeditions up Everist to qather the dead so that they may be returned to their families and a proper burial?   I, myself would be willing to go, and I would have no desire to reach the summit. It would be a pleasure to mock those who have climbed to the summit with disregard for the dead.

    1. You must realize that it is a time-honored tradition to leave a body where it fell.  Even along a narrow, dangerous section, they usually don’t push a body out of the way, but step over it!  Before an attempt to climb Everest, a climber often tells his/her loved ones to NOT attempt any recovery.  At most, they may ask a team member to bring back a momento.  That’s hard-core to them; that’s whacked to non-climbers.

  121. what a story. Amazing how these elite few come to represent their countries in a way that they may not have expected. 40 hikers past. that is appalling that the italians are lying they did not speak english.  It sure lends itself unfavorable for the INHUMANE ITALIANS

  122. The dirty little secret of Everest. Many, if not most, will let a fellow human being die alone, freezing on a mountain, if they are within reach of the summit.

  123. These brave men are unique and should go down in the history books. How many people have climbed Everest? Thousands. How many have saved the life of a man on Everest? Only a few brave souls, who can lay their heads down at night and sleep soundly with a clear conscience.

  124. You pays your nickel, you takes your chances! People are there to climb Everest, not practice lifesaving and I think all know that.  There are other details of this story whether the writer wants to admit it or not that would complete the picture of  events here. This is not warm/fuzzy, politically correctville, this is a lifetime acheivement for which people have paid many thousands and planned for years to accomplish.  Part of the planning includes contemplating that you may not return and will join several hundred others whose fate ended atop the mountain.   

  125. Looking through the replies to some of these comments are both refreshing (but there are some) along with others that are heartbreaking.  To see that there are those who care, in one form or another, surrounded by those who “JUST DON’T GET IT” is really depressing ….. not unexpected considering how selfious a person can be deep down inside ….. but depressing nevertheless.  In plain english – some of you just plain suck at being “folks.”

  126. Just an amazing story and what Heroes those men are! They gave up something they had planned on for quite a while to save another human being! Now we have to Deal with the men from Italy, what a couple of A## HO###. Had it been them and you left them and they survived, when they saw you again, they would have call the media and their lawyers to make you look like a couple of killers because you were Americans, and then sue you for not saving them!! A product of their wonderful Country :) He blessed their souls, well to me they had none.

  127. Bless you for your sacrifice.  What a horrible decision to make but I bet none of you regret it!  Some camera team should follow this group up on the next ascent and make a documentary or movie to pay for it all.

  128. Mazur will go done in history as a hero and a compassionate human being.  Future generations will read of his deeds while those that passed by are already irrelevant.

  129. WELL, THE CLIMBERS WHO IGNORE THE CALL FOR HELP , WILL ONE DAY PAY FOR THEIR CHOICES, GOD WILL COLLECT HIS DUES AND IT WONT BE PRETTY,

  130. In the eyes of man you may have failed to reach your goal but in the eyes of God you proved yourselves noble and worthy.

  131. I Just can not get over those two ITALIANS… How did anyone from the group NOT BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THEM when they heard them speaking English down at base camp.I Think I would have cut there tongues out so they could not speak at all. BASTARDS!!

  132.   Sir Edmund Hillary, the first to reach Everest’s summit in 1953,
    chimed in with disgust when he learned that 40 climbers had passed by
    Britain’s David Sharp.

    “People have completely lost sight of what is important,” he told a
    New Zealand newspaper. “In our expedition, there was never any
    likelihood whatsoever if one member of the party was incapacitated that
    we would just leave him to die.”

    What people have lost sight of are, “they morals, & integrity”… Its good to see we still have good men who will do whats right. I

  133. Bravo!  Bless you and your buddies for helping Lincoln Hall.  Those who would just leave someone to die, walk by and not offer help (like the guys who said they didn’t speak English) have no moral conscience.  The world would be a much better place if everyone were more like you!

  134. Mountain climbing is a sport perpetuated by stupid rich people with
    something to prove.  Their pointless lives lack meaning so they go
    looking for it in ridiculous places.  There are scores of people there
    to help relieve them of their burdensome money on the way up.  There
    isn’t anyone to help them back down again though and rightly so.

  135. Mountain climbing is a sport perpetuated by stupid rich people with something to prove.  Their pointless lives lack meaning so they go looking for it in ridiculous places.  There are scores of people there to help relieve them of their burdensome money on the way up.  There isn’t anyone to help them back down again though and rightly so.  Stupid F**cking white men.

      1. You obviously failed to recognize the humorous reference I was making.   That aside I am Native American and I will mock the white man as much as I please whether you like it or not. 

  136. Kudos to the people who saved Hall – the others who left him – shame on them!  I hope they don’t brag about reaching the top of Mt. Everest – as they turned their backs on their fellowman which is so sad.  Beware of self-centered, narcassistic people.

  137. Anyone who says that the people who left this man behind were doing what they had to do to survive clearly missed the most important factor.  These men were able to sit with him for not minutes, but hours waiting for someone to come to the rescue.  The same effect of him being taken down was the end result.  In no way was this an impossible feat.  This was an act of selfishness on the dying climbers’ team.  There never has been and never will be an “I” in team.  Enjoy your daily dose of elementary school knowledge.

    1. Please re-read the story because you missed some key details.  An important one is that, when Hall was stricken but very much alive, the Sherpas labored to help him down; the effort was so difficult that even after 9 hours, they still didn’t reach camp — a task that should have taken only 2 hours for uninjured climbers.  The team finally abandoned Hall’s “corpse” when he went limp and his team thought he was dead.  Since the team already had summitted and were heading back to advanced base camp, their supples (oxygen/food/water) were low, they were tired, the weather was turning bad, etc.  So they did the right thing — they saved themselves.  The only error was how they had determined he was dead:  poking his eye and looking for some response or reflex.
      [BTW, learning to read, comprehend, and retain important details are elementary school skills.]

  138. This is idiotic.  Hillary didn’t have to try and rescue anybody: the mountain wasn’t that crowded then.  Try and rescue someone now, and you’ll die yourself.  It’s nearly impossible to get someone back down the mountain without putting several lives in danger.  It’s not because of climbers’ “refusal” to help.  It’s out of respect for the mountain.  The goal of Everest is to take your life from you.  It’s up to you and you alone to resist it. 

  139. People who do this climb are self obsessed idiots. Climbing this mountain obviously brings out the worst in the human spirit. 

    Thank god for once this group of people actually acted like rational human beings. I have zero respect for these narcissistic, self absorbed morons. 

  140. I feel it’s selfish to risk your life and others for the sake of climbing a mountain.

  141. When we out in’Nam… we knew the risk.  Some paid the price.  but none were ever left behind for the animals.  Live the dream, know the risk.  And never leave a buddy….  Bless you.

  142. God Bless those who helped that man. I remember being in England as a child at a Coronation party when news of Sir Edmund Hillary reached the sumit.God will deal with the rest of those folk and I hope they can live with themselves.

  143. Some people do the dumbest things and then endanger the lives of others in order to save them.  It is so reckless and selfish.

  144. Your team did an AMAZING thing! In this world it is extremely easy to take a life, but to save one or to restore life is truly the epic of morality. Shame on the two A-holes that passed by… Maybe one of them was the captain or related to the captain of the cruise ship that ran ground a month ago, sure fits the profile! But sleep well knowing karma will pay them a visit!!! May GOD bless you and all that perform acts such as this, without selfishness, with disregard to one’s own safety. HOO YAH!!!

  145. I read the book into thin air and recall the diaster that occurred on the mountain. A tremendous book but I kept saying to myself, how can they just leave their friends behind to die?  While reaching the top in an incredible accomplishment, there is nothing finer in life then doing something to beter someones elses life forever. Whether its to pay for your kids college or give a friend a place to live while he gets his act together, its a great accomplishment. 30 years from now when the guys are sitting around, they are not going to remember them not summitting the mountain. They will remember the super human effort it took to save the guys life. They will toast, to Mr. Hall, drink up and smile:)  Reminds me of the old Mr Ryan when he went back to the cemetary and they replayed the movie. In it, Tom Hanks said to the young private Ryan, make it worth our sacrifice.

  146. If I was rich I would fund these guys return trip all expenses paid. They deserve it

  147. This happens ALL the time when climbers are trying to ascend a summit like Everest. Peaks of its’ class are littered with dozens of bodies of those who succumbed to the perilous environment. When a climber weakens to the point described, trying to rescue him/her puts the whole climbing party at risk.
         The first time I became aware that this is a REALITY of mountain climbing (not some day hike up Mt. Washington) I was shocked and mortified about climbers’ behavior as well, until I did about 2 minutes of research. Again, this happens ALL THE TIME IN EXTREME CLIMBING. A serious mountaineer understands precisely this, and has no problem with the needs of the party outweighing the needs of the one. They don’t expect to be rescued.
         This is why I am NOT hitting the likes of K2 anytime soon. God bless the souls of the fallen, on mountainsides and battlefields everywhere.

  148. Hank, everytime you get into and drive a car, you put your life in danger.  If a 13 ton hemi hits you and smashes you under its wheels, with the only space being your driver’s compartment.  Would you want the other drivers to pass you by as the leaking gas starts to ignite?  Or do you pray that they are humane to see your dire situation and attempt to pull your butt out of that car before it explodes.  

  149. Screw that dead guy even if he aint dead. Its all about me!!! No wonder we seem so weak to those around the world that wish ill on the west.. with folks like that who needs em they will destroy us from within..

  150. These brave men truly do deserve a reward for their humanity! I can sympathize with the money and chance wasted by these guys and think a ‘Hero’ fund should be set up by Readers Digest where we could contribute to allowing them to have another chance at that mountain they so selflessly gave up to save a fellow man. What say you Reader’s Digest?

  151. These brave men truly do deserve a reward for their humanity! I can sympathize with the money and chance wasted by these guys and think a ‘Hero’ fund should be set up by Readers Digest where we could contribute to allowing them to have another chance at that mountain they so selflessly gave up to save a fellow man. What say you Reader’s Digest?

  152. These brave men truly do deserve a reward for their humanity! I can sympathize with the money and chance wasted by these guys and think a ‘Hero’ fund should be set up by Readers Digest where we could contribute to allowing them to have another chance at that mountain they so selflessly gave up to save a fellow man. What say you Reader’s Digest?

  153. These brave men truly do deserve a reward for their humanity! I can sympathize with the money and chance wasted by these guys and think a ‘Hero’ fund should be set up by Readers Digest where we could contribute to allowing them to have another chance at that mountain they so selflessly gave up to save a fellow man. What say you Reader’s Digest?

  154. There is no higher mountain to climb than one of moral integrity.

  155. Thse guys are surely Heroes. I hope these guys get another chance to make the summit as they sacrificed their dreams to save a stranger. As to all those other climbers who wouldn’t help – what comes around goes around.

  156. i’m sure these men would have done their best to help in an extraction, if it were possible. people seem to overlook fact that a dead human body is hard to handle even in the best of conditions. the man took it upon himself to challenge nature and lost. why should others chance dying trying to remove somebody thats already dead. with little oxygen at that altitude any chance of an extraction might cost the lives of others. its truly a loss to his family and friends. may God be with his loved ones. RIP.

  157. i’m sure these men would have done their best to help in an extraction, if it were possible. people seem to overlook fact that a dead human body is hard to handle even in the best of conditions. the man took it upon himself to challenge nature and lost. why should others chance dying trying to remove somebody thats already dead. with little oxygen at that altitude any chance of an extraction might cost the lives of others. its truly a loss to his family and friends. may God be with his loved ones. RIP.

    1. Uh dude? You obviously cannot read. This man did NOT die! He was very much alive even on the following day! It is disgusting people like you, who follow the ‘Looking out for number 1 principle,’ that make real tragedies occur. But then, what goes around DOES come around. Either in this life or after it.

  158. It is insane and outrageous that these moronic “climbers” would step over dead and dying people to reach Mt. Everest.  It is not worth one death to reach the top of the mountain, no matter how much prestige it would bring the climber.  Thank God for Mr. Mazur and company who put the compassion of rescuing a fellow human being over the prestige of the climb.

  159. I’m with Martinlorenzo. You guys are my heros & an example for my kids. (Yes, I’m going to tell them the full story.) I hope y’all (especially Brash & Osborne) somehow get another chance at the summit. (Hey, hiking supply/trip companies out there – great opportunity for a good deed & some advertising!!) Those Italians & the dirty 40 should have their pictures on that board that newcouponeramy suggested. And that board should be 20 ft high & 20ft long & placed conspiciously at base camp!

  160. Very inspirational! When Daniel Mazur and his fellow climbers decided to do the opposite of most climbers by risking their own lives to save another, it became the benchmark for future climbers to thoughtfully consider. Their focus suddenly changed and the summit didn’t matter any more. The impossible became possible because God who made that same mountain got involved and protected and provided for all of them for valuing life. They did what was right, they had big hearts, not just minds only. They valued the life of another human being who needed their help desperately and good conquered evil that day. God uses ordinary people like you and me to do the extrarordinary task that most won’t do as evidenced with the Italian climbers who really did speak english back at base camp. Who am I to judge them, because it’s nt my place to judge them.  

    The highest summit of all is “Heaven” and their reward will be greater than that of  “Mt. Everest,” (even if they did’t reach it) if on they believe in the one who got them off that mountain alive. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved on the Judgment Day. Well done good and faithful servants.   

  161. I’m not overly religious, but your everest will be much higher place. You will reach it by your actions on that mountain. God bless!

  162. Really, is that the only kind of medical training one must have to climb this mountain “Poking eyes” to see if they are dead?? I think there should be some regulations and maybe obtaining a liscence? Maybe it’s just me, but i think these guys should be charged some how, or any ole somebody can just leave there people there to die just because.

  163. What a precious gift you have given to another human being.Karma!! What goes round comes round.

  164. That act cannot be excused under any conditions.  One possible, and only partial, remedy, would be for the guide companies to provide for another free attempt for anyone who sacrifices the summet to save someone.

  165. its funny to read the comments. but if it were ever one of you that are saying every man for himself,  got left on the mountain because the elements overtook you im sure even some of their “friends” left them to die. i bet you would be a little dissapointed in the lack of help by your fellow man. i know it chaps me a little. whether its a bum on he street or a man dissoriented on a mountain i would hope for the sake of man kind someone capable would lend a helping hand. these guys made the right choice.

  166. It’s one thing to step over a stricken person on the street, but at this altitude under these well-known and understood conditions there is a tacit understanding that you  have to look out for your own well-being. It’s a cruel every-man-for -himself reality. If you pay a guide or a Sherpa to look after your well-being, then you are entitled to that service, but the kindness and altruism of a stranger is a generous gift. You should not expect a stranger to abandon their safety (not to mention the cost and effort of their own expedition) to rescue you. It’s a reality that most climbers are aware of and don’t make judgments against those that put their survival above a stranger (especially one who may have been ill-prepared to take this risk)

  167. I hope that those two Italian climbers whom claimed not to speak English saw them they were ashamed to say the least.  Wonder what they thought when they were caught speaking English?  I sure hope that if I am ever in a place that I need help that I have someone nice to help me even if it ment not fulfilling what is was that they were doing.

    1. i personally would have kicked there a ss when I heard them speaking english at camp

  168. Why should anyone be intrigued by a manufactured crisis?  Doing something like purposely putting your life in jeopardy for no reason.  Some people are really bored with life or have way too much time and money on their hands to do something like this.  I don’t have any respect for folly.

  169. Why should anyone be intrigued by a manufactured crisis?  Doing something like purposely putting your life in jeopardy for no reason.  Some people are really bored with life or have way too much time and money on their hands to do something like this.  I don’t have any respect for folly.

    1. i agree hank, we think alo alike there ole boy ,,   they coudda just let him die then hung him up by the trail there, warning  others of the danger ahead    ….    maybe make him a wi-fi spot and charged by the hour or sumthin,  i don’t know    …   

  170. Wow, kudos to the men with moral integrity who sacrificed potential personal dissatisfaction to save someone’s life. So glad they made it to the Summit, and everyone else who left Hall (and others who’ve been left to die prior) should be punished in some way. Perhaps a board with their picture that says “When given the option to save someone’s life, these people chose to let them die.” This is a horrible reflection of humanity. Climbing over dead bodies to get to the top? How can you sleep at night?

    1. no these people, well its hard o call them people were climbing over living bodies.

      1. Unacceptable either way. With living bodies, it’s no different than the crowds trampling customers to death on Black Friday at Walmart to get a cheap iPad or some such nonsense.

        1. Sure, if you are a loser that is an acceptable comparison. But if you go back and read the article the bodies are not of the living variety. it is the dead that have been left there previously. 

          1.  “And ten days before, David Sharp, a climber from Great Britain, had become seriously ill from the high altitude and
            died beneath a rock overhang. Forty other climbers, intent on reaching the summit, had passed by, refusing to help.”

            Forty other climbers HAD passed by.  That sounds more like they passed him by before he was dead.  Well goodie for them, they reached the summit.  But I’ll bet whenever they tell their Everest stories, they leave out the part about leaving an ill man to die just so they could put a feather in their caps.  Utterly despicable, yet not surprising in the age of “me.”

          2. Reminds me of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

          3.  “And ten days before, David Sharp, a climber from Great Britain, had become seriously ill from the high altitude and
            died beneath a rock overhang. Forty other climbers, intent on reaching the summit, had passed by, refusing to help.”

            Forty other climbers HAD passed by.  That sounds more like they passed him by before he was dead.  Well goodie for them, they reached the summit.  But I’ll bet whenever they tell their Everest stories, they leave out the part about leaving an ill man to die just so they could put a feather in their caps.  Utterly despicable, yet not surprising in the age of “me.”

    2. You obviously have no understanding of the dangers of mountaineering in general or Everest specifically.  These aren’t “hikers” stranded next to some maintained trail in a national park.  Those who attempt Everest know the rules; armchair quarterbacks like you don’t.  Do you criticize those who don’t run into buildings engulfed in flames in order to rescue another?  Do you criticize those who don’t dive into rushing rivers or churning oceans to save those who put themselves at risk of drowning?  If not, keep your opinions about punishment to yourself.

      1. no, but those who dont rush into burning buildings at least stop and call for help. Regardless of the dangers, there is always a way to try to help without putting yourself in danger.

        1. There is no help there. No helicopter, no firefighter with a ladder, no magical flying ponies. If you can’t walk down, you aren’t coming down and they ALL know this before they start the ascent.

          1. So someone tries to commit suicide and I should just keep passing them by even though they are about to jump from a building or bridge? That is dumb. Sorry but how could you live with yourself knowing you could of saved someone and didn’t? Wait I know its called ‘lack of empathy’ Those are the kind of people who commit crimes and beat kids. They only care about themselves. I am glad the US Military doesn’t leave men behind. And they knew what they signed up for.

          2. The coward-in-chief named obama and the scumbag c**t named hillary clinton left 4 men behind to die, in Benghazi. Men of far better character then these two degenerates.

          3. How on earth in any way does Benghazi compare to this situation. You are an idiot.

      2. You missed the point. I don’t blame the Sherpas for leaving the man behind, had they stayed too long they could have died. I think most people wouldn’t blame someone for  not wanting to put their life at risk to save another.
        What I do have a problem with is people not willing to help save a life for their own personal glory.. which is what other climbers did when they refused to help the climber. They preferred the satisfaction of reaching the summit to saving a human life. That’s sick.
        I do understand how devastating it would be though to get that close to the summit and not make it.. even if it’s to save another. Of course saving a life is more important, but still terrible to lose a dream like that.

        1. @0656f0b4877e6fb9ca8b6a9e88be36c6:disqus what you don’t seem to understand is that these people go up the mountain with LIMITED supplies of oxygen.   And limited amounts of food.  Because they are carrying these supplies up the mountain with them.    And it is *understood* by everyone climbing, that another team is NOT responsible for them.

          The people I *DO* have a problem with are the people who left this man behind.  Poking him in the eye???   You check for a PULSE.   Either at the wrist, or in this case on the throat.   If you have a pulse you have someone alive.  The Sherpa guide(s) are guilty here.  They HIRED ON to take these people up the mountain.  

          While I don’t expect *normal* people to run into a burning building, I *DO* expect someone from the fire department to try unless the building is hopelessly gone.   Why?  Because they HIRED ON to perform this job.  It’s what they get PAID TO DO.

          1. THE ARTICLE SAID THAT THEY CHECKED FOR SIGNS OF LIFE, WHICH INCLUDES PULSE. They poked him in the eye just to make sure!

      3. You missed the point. I don’t blame the Sherpas for leaving the man behind, had they stayed too long they could have died. I think most people wouldn’t blame someone for  not wanting to put their life at risk to save another.
        What I do have a problem with is people not willing to help save a life for their own personal glory.. which is what other climbers did when they refused to help the climber. They preferred the satisfaction of reaching the summit to saving a human life. That’s sick.
        I do understand how devastating it would be though to get that close to the summit and not make it.. even if it’s to save another. Of course saving a life is more important, but still terrible to lose a dream like that.

      4. The DANGERS of MOUNTAINEERING? Ha! This story is more about morality than gaming! This was a sure test from God and those people that leave others there to die have sureley FAILED that test!! Judgement day for them will come! That will be their punishment! I like to call it Karma!

      5. The DANGERS of MOUNTAINEERING? Ha! This story is more about morality than gaming! This was a sure test from God and those people that leave others there to die have sureley FAILED that test!! Judgement day for them will come! That will be their punishment! I like to call it Karma!

      6. ARE YOU COMPARING CLIMBERS OF EVEREST TO FIREMEN OR THE COAST GUARD?
        IF YOU ARE HOW DARE YOU THE SELF-CENTERED EGOTISTICAL A$$!  IF YOU’RE NOT THEN YOU’RE JUST TO STUPID TO BE POSTING ON THE WEB.

      7. ARE YOU COMPARING CLIMBERS OF EVEREST TO FIREMEN OR THE COAST GUARD?
        IF YOU ARE HOW DARE YOU THE SELF-CENTERED EGOTISTICAL A$$!  IF YOU’RE NOT THEN YOU’RE JUST TO STUPID TO BE POSTING ON THE WEB.

      8. To thedailycrust I am and have been in the military for over 20 years, 2 branches, and 2 known wars. I and my fellow MARINES and SOLDIERS have never thought of OR LEFT  a fallen comrade behind ALIVE OR DEAD. SO WITHOUT BEING ON A SELFISH EXPEDITION THE ANSWER IS YOU STILL DO NOT LEAVE A FALLEN COMRADE, FRIEND OR NOT.

        1. The reason two SEALs died in the scandal and betrayal that was Benghazi is that SEALs do not leave anyone behind. They gave their lives to go back to save the Americans our government had ordered the military to not save.

          One of the Seals died because he pointed a laser where the U.S. ,military – a scant 100 miles away, could send a laser which would have ended the entire threat to our people.He stayed in place, knowing the enemy could thus find him. No rescue, he died along with the other SEAL, and our people in the embassy.

          This moral outrage is the fault of our fearless leader, who was nowhere to be found for the seven hours it took to torture and kill our people, who had asked for help for days.

          1. Why don’t you say what you really feel and that’s that you hate black people, in particular President Obama. When will the GOP quit being relevant is what I wanna know.

          2. Ah yes,the president is never wrong,his critics are simply racists

          3. Out comes the race card from a white apologist pig.

          4. he’s hiding. he’s a shift slave, the ignorant-minus

          5. I hate obama because he’s a degenerate commie that hates America not because he is black. BTW: I also hate the scumbag hillary clinton for the same reason and she is white. You are a stupid libtard that can’t reason.

          6. This has nothing to do with Benghazi. Fact is that the ambassador himself was offered extra troop support and declined. That puts the blame on him in part as well as the radicals who attacked not the president nor Hillary Clinton.


      9. And man, whose heav’n-erected face

        The smiles of love adorn, –
        Man’s inhumanity to man
        Makes countless thousands mourn!”

      10. There is no rescue here. These moron who do this climb are nothing more than narcissistic, egocentric, self absorbed, idiots with zero regard for anything but their own ego gratification. 

      11. Your analogies are lacking on all levels. One does not choose to have a their house set on fire, and if they did that would be arson. If someone is drowning and you can’t even bother to try to throw them a line or call for help, then yeah you’re a scumbag too. Not everyone cannot be expected to swim, but we could expect some human decency, and better analogies on your part.

        Also, just so we’re clear, I really don’t have any respect for “mountaineers” that require 10 sherpas and 15 oxygen tanks to reach the summit, then litter those tanks all over that “sacred” mountain. The fact that these scumbags step over one another to reach the summit surprises me not at all.

        1. And for every ego maniac willing to spend $20,000 to get there, there is a guide who will help them and sherpas who will carry their bags. Ugh. Read INTO THIN AIR and you will get the real story. Kudos to these men for being human even at high altitude where normal brain function is fuzzy.

      12. If the choice were to save someone’s life by jumping into the rushing river or to go about my vacation – YOU BET I would jump in!  Where is YOUR humanity?!  All these guys had to do was stop their climb and get help for the guy.  It’s not like they were in danger by stopping!

        1. Um…yes they are. You cannot stop for anything. They are at 27,000 feet. Do you understand that they are literally dying as they walk? Anything above 19,000 and you are reversing the course of your life because of the low oxygen, even when you have O2. It just isn’t enough and you can’t carry enough O2 bottles to compensate. The crazy thing is that when you finally summit (if you are lucky enough), you get to spend all of 1 minute up there before you have to descend. Because you are dying and most likely, the clouds will move in and the temperature will drop and if the -O2 doesn’t kill you, hypothermia will.

        2. Anyone who stops is putting their own life in significant danger. At that altitude it is all your body can do just to stay alive. The air pressure is so low, your body can’t use most of the oxygen in the air. It is hard enough just to stay conscious.

      13.  Well when I pass by your house that is on fire and i hear you yell and scream “help me”  I will smile and remember that you knew the risks of living….and that I could continue on to 7-11 to get my ice cream cone!!

      14.  Well when I pass by your house that is on fire and i hear you yell and scream “help me”  I will smile and remember that you knew the risks of living….and that I could continue on to 7-11 to get my ice cream cone!!

        1. Not the same thing at all. If you were also INSIDE the burning house with me, and you had to run through the fire to come get me or save yourself by running out the front door, THEN you have the same decision. It’s called, The Dead Zone,” because every second you’re there, you’re dying. You can’t stick around. You can’t carry anyone with you, you can’t even take extra oxygen. If you stop, you die. If you take off your gloves, you have severe frostbite in seconds, even to take a picture.

      15. Dailycrust, you are so WRONG.  I don’t disagree with you about the dangers of Everest, but the choice was NOT between saving their own lives and saving his (as was the choice of the sherpas the night prior); it was between saving a human life and summitting the mountain.  These gentlemen are heroes and completely did the right thing. 

      16. You give inaccurate analogies.  Analogies more accurate would be a fireman crawling over and leaving his injured colleague to get out of  a burning building or a surfer paddling after the wave of a lifetime knowingly goes by without helping another surfer who is drowning.  These situations sound more clear cut on what the other climbers should be compelled to do.

        1. Huh? So you think the Firefighter crawling out of the burning building is some how analogous to the surfer and his wave of a life time?

      17.  While I agree about armchair quarterbacking… This is completely different than a burning building or rushing rivers.  The teams that didn’t stop wouldn’t risk their own safety by stopping and calling for help. Mazur’s team had to wait several hours and make a radio call.  All they risked was reaching the summit.  When going down the mountain yes, tough decisions may have to be made to ensure the safety of everyone else.  But not stepping over living people at the beginning of the trek.  Regardless of how ambitious and amazing that goal may be, to not help a living, stranded person, in order to reach a mountaineering objective is unconscionable.

      18. To the Dailycrust

        I was twenty years in the U.S. Coast Guard and was personally involved in many search and rescue operations in the churning ocean as you call it.  We would go to sea when others were returning to port and sail into storms that others ran from, all to save lives.  So I qualify for going into the churning ocean, once literally.  I have spent time above the Arctic Circle and and operating in the Barents and Bering Seas so I am very familiar with cold weather operations.

        I do indeed criticize anyone would let another human die to mark something off their life-time to do list. 

        The man was saved; it could obviously be done.  Those that did not even attempt to help him I have no use for.  They are something less than fully human.

        1. I’ve seen you guys in action many times as an offshore commercial Captain and have had a couple of injured crewmen air lifted off my boat in conditions such as the march 13th 1993 storm of the century.

          You guys are incredibly brave and well trained. Thank you for your service.
          Really…thank you. 

      19. Rally bad analogy, Crusty. Rushing into a flaming building subsatntially increases the risk of death to the rescuer. Stopping to help an injured climber, instead of continuing to the summit actually lowers the risk. Logic…the missing ingredient in 21st C man.

      20. Myself, no, I don’t know anything about mountaineering, but I do know a thing or three about combat, which is dangerous as well.  Our motto, in one form or another, is to never leave a comrade behind.  To some, maybe a lot of folks, it’s a foolish way to look at it, but it’s true nevertheless.  I’m also a human …. a person …. and I don’t care how stupid of a decision is someone can make to put themselves and others in danger, I couldn’t and will never leave someone to die.  The sherpas thought he was dead, I know that and don’t blame them for leaving him, but when you come across someone who is alive and maybe can be saved …. even if it’s less than iota of a percentage …. a person  ….. A HUMAN should try to help them – No matter what.  I wouldn’t even leave you “Thedailycrust” behind, that’s even taking your obvious self-rightousness into account.  You may know something about the dangers of a sport / goal, but you know little about being a humanitarian. 

          1. Actually, he (or she) cannot distinguish between the contraction that should have been used and the 1 syllable word that was used.

      21.  Sir Edmund Hillary has some idea of the dangers of mountaineering and he still indicated disgust at the actions of those who wouldn’t help. Not sure it’s fair to compare those who won’t risk almost certain death to those who, with less risk of death, won’t help out another human in need, simply to fulfill a little personal glory.

      22. This isn’t someone’s job this is an quest to realize a dream, the men who lead them up the mountain that is their job, so should they risk their lives for another’s  adventure? Climbers go into this knowing the risk. It is a shame that so many have died but that is a risk everyone of them willingly took.

      23. This isn’t someone’s job this is an quest to realize a dream, the men who lead them up the mountain that is their job, so should they risk their lives for another’s  adventure? Climbers go into this knowing the risk. It is a shame that so many have died but that is a risk everyone of them willingly took.

      24. I think your analogy is off.  No I don’t criticize anyone that does not run into a burning building or otherwise to save someone out of fear, but I would criticize someone who ran into a burning building, past the guy on the floor to get something of value on the other side of him.  When you refuse to help someone simply for personal gratification your moral character is more than a little skewed.

      25. if your rules mean leaving someone to die because one seeks the accomplishment, the glory, the grandeur of the summit, the rules need to change

      26. As a Pararescueman in the USAF, I am an alpine climber, diver, parachutist, and combat medic.  I have jumped into churning oceans to save foreign sailors for a sinking ship, rescued men and women from the side of a mountain at high altitude, and dove at night to recover bodies from a river in Afghanistan during combat.  So we aren’t all “armchair quarterbacks” out here.  As climbers, we all know the risks involved, that is true.  But, as a community, it has become too common to use that as a convenient excuse to justify the selfish desires of grandeur and personal accomplishment over helping our fellow climbers.  It is part of the moral decay in alpine climbing that lessens all of our accomplishments.  People fall, and on a mountain like that, there is usually no recovery.  That is a risk we can accept.  But to leave or walk past a living person on our way to the top or back down is unacceptable.  Everyone knows it.  Mazur and his team showed the true spirit of climbing, anyone who thinks different should stick to basketweaving and channel surfing at home.

        1.  YOU SIR sound like an extrordinary human being. I too have rescued many people but not in such a dramatic and death defying way. You see, I am a psychotherapist who has worked with all ages of people in very dark times in their lives. My husband and I are the people you will see running to help an injured person. We place human life and its preservation at the top of our priorities. Because of this, we have been delivered from many travails that have befallen others. Dr. Abraham Maslow developed a scale for moral reasoning and self actualization is at the top. That is the level we aspire to. Thank you for your service and know you are not alone in your ideals and actions….

      27. As a Pararescueman in the USAF, I am an alpine climber, diver, parachutist, and combat medic.  I have jumped into churning oceans to save foreign sailors for a sinking ship, rescued men and women from the side of a mountain at high altitude, and dove at night to recover bodies from a river in Afghanistan during combat.  So we aren’t all “armchair quarterbacks” out here.  As climbers, we all know the risks involved, that is true.  But, as a community, it has become too common to use that as a convenient excuse to justify the selfish desires of grandeur and personal accomplishment over helping our fellow climbers.  It is part of the moral decay in alpine climbing that lessens all of our accomplishments.  People fall, and on a mountain like that, there is usually no recovery.  That is a risk we can accept.  But to leave or walk past a living person on our way to the top or back down is unacceptable.  Everyone knows it.  Mazur and his team showed the true spirit of climbing, anyone who thinks different should stick to basketweaving and channel surfing at home.

      28. So…you’re understanding in this situation is to let him die because it’s more important to reach the top?  Or he’s too much of a problem to save on the way down?

      29. God will take care of punishing those who need to be punished, including those who hold life in such low regard that they risk it to get to the top of a dangerous mountain. 

      30. I disagree. The marketing of Everest climbs has become such a boutique business, that I have NO doubt that MANY people go there with NO realistic idea of what they’re getting themselves into. I think it was National Geographic that recently had an article that just happened to offer a comparison of what different ‘qualified’ guide organizations considered ‘acceptable’ numbers of sherpas, equipment inventories, and living accomodations, etc., etc. etc… The differences were SERIOUSLY intriguing…

      31. People on Everest are pros, they could help. They chose not to for personal glory. You cannot compare average people refusing to enter a burning building to Everest climbers. Your comparison is invalid.

      32. No one was asking them to do other than STOP to help a person in distress,.Those who did not stop were not asked to rappel down a sheet of ice, or dive into a deep crevice, or balance on the edge of a cliff. They were condemned for not helping someone right there whom they stepped over, and who would die without help.

        Try some logic in your defense.

      33. I imagine you feel that the driver of the school bus where the young kid was being severely beaten by 4 thugs did the right thing by doing nothing to help him.

      34. Yes the conditions are harsh there and you are pretty much on your own,with your own strength with little comfort from others.You do it or you dont and everybody that goes there knows that before the climb.

      35. People who are afraid to run into burning buildings should call 911 or find someone who is not scared to go in. I wouldn’t just stand around a burning building and not do anything. That is stupid. Same for those climbers. They should of radioed for help or give the guy oxygen and water. Those 40 people are cowards I don’t care how high they climbed. Just sick. The lack of empathy is really disturbing.

        Incase you don’t know what empathy is, here is the definition:

        the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.
        See sympathy.

      36. yes, and there is no diving into a river- as a fellow climber you are already IN the river in your analogy. Trying to help a person out of a fire— yes, if I could get to them I sure wouldn’t just pass them by with a. – oh well, sad for them.. and continue on my merry way…yes, that kind of lack of humanity for some personal notch or bucket list check off is reprehensible in my book. No honor among most glory hunters it seems and they excuse their lack of morality or concern for humanity as acceptable??? Don’t be surprised when no one gives a flint about your ‘climbing successes’ when they know what you are willing to do or unwilling to give up for the life of another.

        1. RescuemefromObummer so special so chicken, so spitful. One of much seamen on the little boat.

      37. You coward! You and your mountaineering colleagues hide behind the “challenge” of Everest in some vain attempt to justify your inhumanity. This has nothing to do with knowing what its like to climb Everest. It as everything to do with putting life above all else.

    3. These are the same people who stepped on countless souls to climb the corporate and social ladders.  If you are surprised by such behavior you have not studied humans closely enough.

    4. Very stupid comment.  These people were on the summit to Mount Everest, not on a hiking trail in the foothills.  Sometimes saving someone else means sacrificing yourself.  Would you step up and offer your life to a hiker in trouble?  I seriously doubt it.

    5. Right. If someone is already dead, the best you can do it try to find ID so the family can be notified and body potentially recovered for burial. If the person could stll be alive, leaving them is tanamount to murder.

    6. I agree that it shows the dark side of man, but everyone that climbs that mountain knows when they go, that is the rule.  “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime” idea.  I could never just go on past someone like that… Easy to say from my chair, but the weather changes in just a few minutes to become killers and can last for days.  
      Their are scenarios where others would have died too if they tried to save someone else, so not so sure I wouldn’t save me first, knowing they knew the chance they took, but… To just climb to the top?  No.  That isn’t worth my soul, but as you can see, some don’t have one. 

    7. My understanding is those dead on the summit are left where they died, out of respect, sort of the way that sailors who die in a sinking ship are left in the ship. I see it similar to the way the sailors of the “Edmund Fitzgerald” or the “Titanic” are left where the ship came to rest.

  171. You guys reach the moral summit
    Proud of you without even know you

    1. My sentiments as well, saving a life is much higher on the scale of humanity and accomplishment than summiting Everest, a goal for those with too much time and money some would say. Outside of helping the Sherpa’s economy what is really accomplished? People have a right to pursue that which makes them happy, it’s just a shame they can’t find the same mental/emotional satisfaction adopting a village somewhere or a charity/cause, something that made the world a little better as opposed to risking your butt while trashy the tallest peak.

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