Abandoned on Everest Comes to Life

On May 15th, 2006, double amputee Mark Inglis reached the summit of Mt Everest. It was a remarkable achievement and Inglis was feted by the press and public alike. But only a few days later he was plunged into a storm of controversy when it was learned he and his team mates had passed an incapacitated climber, Englishman David Sharp, leaving him to a lonely death high in the Death Zone.

The trials and tribulations Scott Devlon faced in Murder on Everest are very real to those who risk their lives to summit Mount Everest. While climbing, climbers come across the strewn bodies of their predecessors. As people die on the mountain, they fall and become part of the mountain. The snow covers the bodies and they conform to the side of the mountain.

Many of these bodies can never be moved or carried down due to where they lay on the mountain. An even more difficult choice is when climbers come across a dying man and are forced to leave him behind. The choices are tough when climbers need to decide between putting the lives of seven other climbers at risk and rescuing one who may not make it down the mountain. In 2006, Mark Inglis had to make this decision.


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