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May 25, 2007 - 1:18 pm

Last year, a href=”http://drhelen.blogspot.com/2006/05/high-of-mount-everest-and-lows-of.html”I had a short post about the death /aof David Sharp who died on Mount Everest while an estimated 40 climbers went by without stopping to help. However, in the news today, it appears that at least some climbers are willing to lend a helping hand and a href=”http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,275380,00.html”even risk their own lives /ato help someone else (thanks to the reader who emailed me this story):br /br /blockquoteA stricken climber left to die on Mount Everest was saved by an American guide and a sherpa who found her by accident as they returned from the summit….br /br /Usha, like Sharp, was apparently on the sort of barebones expedition that charges clients typically as little as $8,933 and provides them with only basic equipment./blockquotebr /br /It seems like one should steer clear of these “barebones expeditions” unless they are extremely experienced and maybe even then. I imagine that the thrill for some of climbing Mount Everest is worth the risk but if something goes wrong, one is putting others in a postion to risk their lives also. But luckily, for the stricken climber, the American and his sherpa did the right thing. I wonder if the controversy over the Sharp case made them decide to do so or if they were just more altruistic than other climbers?

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