Into Thin Air question?

Why did some people find it more important to summit the mountain than to help those who were dying? Was it selfish desire to complete the climb or something else?

2 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It was not really selfishness that prevented them from saving the people who were dying, rather it is something that is basically enforced by the mountain. Before attempting the climb, people are told, that if they become drastically injured above a certain point on the mountain, that they will be left to die in order to ensure that the rest of the climbing party has a better chance of survival. The major reason for this is because the mountain itself is so dangerous. There is no way to get a rescue helicopter to much above base camp 1, because not only is the air almost too thin to support the weight of the helicopter, but the mountain creates its own weather which is infamous for causing helicopter crashes. Also, if another person makes the effort to try and rescue a person, they could die themselves, of injury, oxygen deprivation, or exposure. If a Sherpa dies, it is usually because they tried to save someone.

    So it is really a foreseen risk when climbing the mountain and is not caused by selfishness or mean-spiritedness, but pre-set rules and the need for self preservation.

  • 8 years ago

    Why do runners in a race fight to be the first to cross the finish line? Men have competing with one another since the dawn of time. And yet, there are those who feel the challenge of doing it is enough. If they do their personal best and don't win, they're satisfied with finishing the race--first or last doesn't matter.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.