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7summits:
I just found out about this documentary and found it online (not sure how long it will stay there):

It is in two parts
http://www.sealion.co.nz/view/1124/dying-for-everest-part-1-of-2
http://www.sealion.co.nz/view/1125/dying-for-everest-part-2-of-2

It is a 45 minute documentary discussing the death of David Sharp, the decisions made by Mark Inglis' teams, Russel Brice, the media and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Some authentic footage is used, combined with new interviews of the main characters, also including Jamie McGuiness.
Much has been re-enacted (why always on Mt Cook!!!!), so do not think you are seeing the real Everest. The best real parts are shown when the death of a climber 10 years ago is discussed, where Mark Whetu was filming, excellent shots of the summitridge, 2nd Step and summit area.

Take a look and tell me what you think...

m.c. reinhardt:
Watched the video; interesting perspective. Every situation on a mountain is individual and should be looked at that way. It seemed that David was close enough to C-3 that a rescue might have been performed without serious danger to others. I am assuming that he did not have rescue insurance but it is sad that Asian Trekking did not step up to the plate. On the other hand, I donít feel it is right to judge when I was not there! I do feel that Mark Ingles became the target which must have been devastating for him. It had to take away from his great accomplishment of summiting Everest with prosthetic legs. Thatís my 2 cents.

MC

7summits:
Problem is that cheap re-enactments on lower mountains give a wrong idea about the scale and terrain. It seemed that a rescue could be done in a few hours. That's probably also why Inglis was too defensive. I was not there at that time, but a week later. It is a tough place.

I would have welcomed some reactions from the 35+ other climbers that passed him. Doesn't anybody have some recollection about whether radio calls have been made, if David had shown any sign of life etc.? And what about David's teammates? Was there nobody that warned David not to go up in the afternoon and solo? Nobody was missing him? This would never have happened on a bigger team.

Asian trekking is just a supplier, whose services and responsibility stop at ABC. It is the choice of the climbers if they join an expedition that takes the services and responsibility to a higher level or if they want to take that responsibility themselves. It is incorrect to blame Asian Trekking for the choices a client makes and the reactions of others. It is like blaming the airlines the climbers use to fly to Lukla: "20%" of all climbers that died on the Nepal side were flown in by Yeti-air!!".
Note that this number is completely fictional, just to illustrate the point  8)

m.c. reinhardt:

--- Quote from: 7summits on Aug 31 2007, 13:51 ---Asian trekking is just a supplier, whose services and responsibility stop at ABC. It is the choice of the climbers if they join an expedition that takes the services and responsibility to a higher level or if they want to take that responsibility themselves. It is incorrect to blame Asian Trekking for the choices a client makes and the reactions of others. It is like blaming the airlines the climbers use to fly to Lukla: "20%" of all climbers that died on the Nepal side were flown in by Yeti-air!!".
Note that this number is completely fictional, just to illustrate the point  8)

--- End quote ---
If it came off that I was blaming Asian Trekking, I apologize. I know that they are not responsible. David made his own choices and I firmly believe that there are no guarantees in the ďdeath zoneĒ. Itís just that David died in a place where a rescue might have been made without risking the lives of others if AT would have gone beyond what was legally required. Yes, it would have cost them quite a bit of money but they might have been reimbursed if David had lived. This really is a controversial topic that is not by any means black or white.

7summits:
Hi MC, no I was making a general remark as in the docu Asian Trekking was 'mentioned', as has been done before by some dubious websites reporting from their desks, implying that they are unsafe.

What many people fail to see that AT is not much different than Toyota or Poisk. Evereybody uses Toyota landcruisers to get to BC, but they have no responsibility for what you do there or higher, and you are responsible for bringing the right gear, which tey will transport. Poisk will get you good oxygen, but does not tell you how much, neither do they have to bring it up the mountain for you.

Asian Trekking asks what you want and delivers it: basic services (meaning a cook and some food and a permit and transport) as David Sharp wanted, or a private guide/Sherpa, radios, doctor etc. They can supply more, but if people choose to take the minimum, they cannot be blamed, nor do they have the power to go up and help. Especially when the climber chooses to go so budget that he does not even take a radio.

It is the climbers responsibility to come prepared, but most find out only too late how serious Everest is, after all, everybody (who's never been there) says it is too easy! Then suddenly they need our doctors, our oxygen, our tents and much more. Which we have always given/borrowed when requested by the way...

The Discovery producer who was in Camp3 all the time has just confirmed to me that no radio calls were made in the night, she would have heard them, even if they would not have reached NC or ABC. In ABC Discovery filmed all conversations non-stop, and they have also no recollection.

Anyway, I do think the emotions of some of the climbers in the docu are genuine as well as the observation that the world in general is getting more impersonal and distant.

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