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Dying for Everest

Balance Vector Productions

In May 2006, New Zealander Mark Ingles became the first double amputee to summit Mt. Everest. However, when he descended he was greeted not with a hero’s welcome but with media condemnation when it became known that his team had passed an incapacitated climber, Briton David Sharp, near the summit and left him to die (read the Editor’s Note in Issue 17 for more). Severely frostbitten, Ingles’s team was unable to rescue Sharp. Dying for Everest tells the stories from that day along with criticism from prominent alpinists, such as the late Sir Edmund Hillary. In the end, viewers can judge for themselves what morality means in high-altitude mountaineering.