'Dead' Climber's Survival Impugns Mount Everest Ethics

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The differences in actions of the potential “rescuers” could be explained by the differences in the two scenarios. In the scenario where the British climber was left to die, there are several reasons why this could have happened. First of all, he was only 1,000 feet below the summit, so the climbers that stumbled upon his dying body could have been more likely to pass by since they were extremely close to their goal and did not want to give up at the very end. It was noted that dozens of different climbers or groups of climbers saw him there and could have helped. This, in my opinion, was a major factor. Since so many climbers saw him, no one felt too much responsibility because they figured someone else would rescue the climber. Sure none of the healthy climbers wanted him to die, but they figured someone else would do the actual rescue. This “diffusion of responsibility” made it easy for each passing climber or group of climbers to not feel ultimately responsible for the man’s death. If asked, each would say “well there were 38 other people that saw him, so don’t blame me. This idea was also displayed in the case of Kitty Genovese being stabbed to death in front of her apartment. Many people saw this attack, but no one called the police probably because they figured someone else already had done so. In the case of the Australian man, Lincoln Hall, he was rescued from a similar situation and managed to survive. Aside from his own team leaving him for dead, I feel the main reason he was rescued was because he was in an isolated area and was lucky to be spotted by one group of climbers, as opposed to dozens of climbers like the British man. This group of climbers that spotted him had no chance to view their responsibility any less than 100% since no other groups were around and would be anytime soon. The entire final responsibility of whether or not…...

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