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Brings another light onto the Everest Rescue theories
on 30 August 2010
For those that have watched the Discovery Everest Series 1 DVDs, this book brings to light a lot events that occured and not shown by the documentary. However, more importantly, it adds context to the 2006 North East Ridge Everest year and some of the accounts are quite grim if not extremely worrying. I have to admit that the opening chapter really does bring home the realities of Everest but as soon as it turned to Russell Brice's Himex organisation I thought the book was going to turn into yet another "blame it on someone else" story. I was very wrong.
The book attempts to explain why rescuing someone from above 8000m is virtually impossible and certainly impossible if the person is unconscious but it also provides a different light onto Himex and how as the largest and most capable team on the ground Russell feels responsible to other climbers on the mountain. There are countless events that requires Himex to intervene and help that, without it, the guy would have simply been another statistic. If Russell does ever get fed up of performing Everest expeditions he would be invaluable as the guy to actually create what has been discussed as an "Everest Mountain Rescue Team"! How that would work I've actually no idea because as the book clearly explains a climber whose body has closed down is not going anywhere.
Russell is obviously a very rich man now after the Discovery series 1 and 2 but so what? He has come from a humble upbringing, actually worked himself to the bone building a career as a highly successful mountaineer (no mean feat in itself) and has proved himself as a highly capable businessman. The guy actually deserves to be rich and happy - and I for one hope he is. Certainly not planning on doing Everest but if I win the Lotto there is only one team I would go with.
For those of you that are sick to death of hearing the media account of Everest disasters and want to know a little more about the massive infrastructure involved in a successful (and unsuccessful) expedition - buy the book and judge for yourself.