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From whence cometh my help?

Telegraph | News | Abandoned in the 'death zone'

Mark Inglis, the double amputee who conquered Everest last week, yesterday defended his party's decision to carry on to the summit despite coming across a dying British climber.
As his team climbed through the "death zone", the area above 26,000ft where the body begins to shut down, they passed David Sharp, 34, a stricken British climber who later died. His body remains on the mountain.
Mr Inglis, 47, a New Zealander, said: "At 28,000ft it's hard to stay alive yourself. He was in a very poor condition, near death. We talked about [what to do for him] for quite a lot at the time and it was a very hard decision.
"About 40 people passed him that day, and no one else helped him apart from our expedition. Our Sherpas gave him oxygen. He wasn't a member of our expedition, he was a member of another, far less professional one."

There is something very odd about mountaineers - as well as their fingers and toes they also seem to lose part of their humanity - to "pass by on the otherside" a dying man so you can tick off having reached the top of a mountain is plain wrong and I hope will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Even if they couldn't have physically helped him they could have comforted him, to die alone with people passing is a damning testament to those tourists.


Psalms chapter 121
King James Version
1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

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Mark inglis and the rest are worthless pieces of shit. Its obviously not just fingers and toes they lose, but their basic humanity as well.
The entire concept of climbing mountains has been debased by this, and as far as I am concerned, anyone who does it should hang their head in shame when they speak of it.

They really are their brothers' keeper when on the mountain, that's the only thing that binds them to the professional brotherhood of mountaineers - they're damned to it now.

I bet David Sharp's family are so grateful that Inglis and his buddies talked a lot about what to do before abandoning their loved one to die alone in the snow.

They need to learn something fron round-the-world yacht racing - even if you're in the lead in a close race, if another vessel is in trouble, and you are nearest, you damn well go to help.

As a man with maritime interests, I'm in full agreement with Sam. It's a mighty big ocean, and the largest vessel can seem very small. I've done some hill scrambling, but no technical climbing. This makes me feel like I haven't missed much. Guess I'll remain a sailor. About 40 people passed him that day... Amazing that Everest has that kind of traffic. So sad that not one of that forty stopped to offer help or comfort. Glad I never served with any of them, anywhere.

Worthless pieces of shit. I hope they all fall off a cliff on their next climb.

I have been climbing for 30 years and have seen the ethic of the sport decompose from noble to disgusting. Mark Englis's comment is disgusting: "About 40 people passed him that day, and no one else helped him apart from our expedition. Our Sherpas gave him oxygen. He wasn't a member of our expedition, he was a member of another, far less professional one." - what utter bullshit. Such cold arrogance from a man of his age - and one who has experienced being handicapped.

Let me tell you this... climbing a mountain does not make you a better human being or worthy of admiration.

Inglis - I hope the hell I meet your pathetic ass in a pub some day - amputee or not, I will beat the living fuck out of you and then piss in your face. You worthless piece of cowardly, self-absorbed pig shit.

By the way...the Hero inglis can be reached at mark.inglis@clear.net.nz

I find it significant that Ed Hillary's death notices mention how he felt about narssic assholes like Inglis. God Bless Sir Ed.

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