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.