This makes me proud to be a Canadian. It seems that on Everest stricken climbers are often left for dead. While I realize that on that mountain it is often hard to help a fellow climber in distress, I wonder if people have lost sight of their humanity in the desperate climb to the top of that mountain.
I have the feeling that climbing Everest is open to less experienced climbers who have to money to reach the summit. The goal of climbing Everest overshadows all humanity for some - no matter what claptrap I hear about the "death zone" and other malarkey in justifying the climb.
It seems that getting there is all important at any cost. Speaks volumes for the type of society we have become. We place far too much emphasis on this kind of achievement ie sports and entertainment and far too little on being a successful human being. I guess there is no advertising revenue in this, a sad state of affairs imho.
Congratulations and a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Brash, a man obviously meant to lead by example.
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If you want an enthralling book about the sacrifices made to reach the top of Mount Everest, read Jon Krakauer's book "Into Thin Air". He also has scathing views of those climbing Everest who have no business being on a mountain of any scale, let alone the world's largest
Hearing about people climbing Everest now has little to no impact for me, because as was said already "been there, done that". With the huge advancement in technology, it has allowed many more people at attempt the climb, some of whom without the technology and money would not have a chance of making it to the peak. But to walk past a dying man because of your own conquest of Everest is very troubling, other than the fact that 40 other climbers passed the same climber! Ban the climbs, there is nothing good coming out of it anymore.
The Canadian should be proud... and I hope that once he really looks back on this, he'll see it as a true "reaching the peak" experience. He reached the pinnacle of human achievement in my book... giving up his own ambition to help another human being.