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Dying for Everest

Dying for Everest
52 min
Richard Dennison (Neuseeland)
Alpine Documentation
When & Where
The death of Englishman David Sharp in May 2006 as he attempted to reach the summit of Mt Everest for the 3rd time thrust the debate surrounding commercial high altitude guiding firmly back onto the front pages of the world’s newspapers. Mark Inglis, who had passed Sharp on the way up the mountain becoming the first double amputee to reach the summit, has claimed that he and other mountaineers tried to assist but, that after enduring a night of minus 40 degree temperatures without shelter or oxygen, there was little that could be done to save Sharp. The first person to climb Everest in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, entered the fray criticising Inglis and his team and saying they should have abandoned their climb and tried to save him. So who is right? In “Dying for Everest” we hear their stories and witness the strange effect Everest has on the rules of survival. And at the end, we are able to judge for ourselves the morality of climbing in the Death Zone.