That dilemma for Rob Hall. Doug Hansen just refused to turn around... so Rob either left him to summit alone and return alone or stayed with him knowing they may both die.... maybe if the storm hadn't of hit they may have survived, but still... how many of us would have left Doug Hansen to it? We'd probably all say we could of left him, but once there.. I wonder how difficult a decision it would be...booji boy wrote: ↑Sun May 02, 2021 5:15 amYeah it's a weird but alluring challenge to conquer the highest peak in the world and you can understand their drive and motivation. But those that drove themselves on to make the summit like Doug Hansen perished vs those that turned around when only 300m from the summit knowing they could have made it to the summit but wouldn't have had anything left in the tank for the descent. It's a judgement call that only you can make but in that situation they were way past the 1pm turn around time and someone else, i.e. the tour guide, should have made that call for them.Grandpa wrote: ↑Sat May 01, 2021 11:29 pmI agree. His view of the Russian guide as a bit of a maverick who kept disappearing, conflicts with other accounts that the Russian guide was a hero who actually knew what he was doing.booji boy wrote: ↑Sat May 01, 2021 8:54 amThanks. That was an excellent video account of the tragedy. Interesting that John Krakauer never features in any of these documentaries. He gets all the acclaim for his book Into Thin Air but you never see him interviewed in these productions which is pretty telling considering he was part of Rob Hall's team.Grandpa wrote: ↑Fri Apr 30, 2021 9:30 amThanking you two years later!Lacrobat wrote: ↑Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:29 pm Obsessed with Everest? Click on this link, thank me later:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-02/ ... t/11162770
Into Thin Air was a great read... a good watch about the 1996 disaster is this documentary...
Storm Over Everest, also known as Remnants of Everest: The 1996 Tragedy
It was interesting seeing the climbers in that documentary talking about events from a personal viewpoint... I read the book first so easily recognised them when they spoke... but the feeling you get from them on the doco, is that Everest is like a spiritual awakening... more powerful than they imagined, and the pull to climb it even when the brain is foggy from altitude must be incredibly strong... despite the dangers...
They broke their own rules and paid the ultimate price.
I've done a lot of tramping/hiking and have been in the mountains in miserable conditions but never mountain climbed. I've skied a lot in miserable white out conditions and that's the nearest I can come to imagining the sheer horror of the situation they were in.
I think if I was as exhausted as they were, lost on the mountain I'd almost be inclined to take the easy way out and go to sleep.
I can't remember as a while now since I read the book, but did the storm arrive earlier than predicted?