TheRock wrote:I remember hearing Beck Weathers speak about his Mt. Everest experience once. He mentioned that at that altitude it's all a person can do to keep themselves alive let alone help someone else, so it's common practice to leave those who fall. He was abandoned himself and was in no way bitter about it. I'll try to find a link.
As hardcore climbers though there is a code that says don't leave your partner.
Whoever was his partner or in his group should be ashamed. Truthfully it isn't the responsibility of the other people passing him by. Its his groups responsibility.
Above 18,000 feet is the death zone. You are slowly dying as your brain and longs start filling with fluid.