More On The Ethics of Everest

I posted my own little rant on the ethics of climbing on Everest a few days back, and it seems that Jake Norton over at the MountWorld Blog also has a few thoughts on the subject.

Jake is climber and has been a guide on Everest on more than one occasion, so he is able to comment from a position of experience. He discusses some of the resuces we’ve seen this week, and touches on the current climate on the mountain. He also ends his post with two very profound questions that climbers need to consider:

“Am I willing to risk my goals to help those in need?”

“At what point do my ethics supersede my ambition?”

Great post Jake. Very thoughtful! I think your thoughts mirror my own in this area, and I think this will continue to be an area of discussion in climbing circles in the foreseeable future. It is reassuring though to see that there were teams on both sides of the mountain that risked their own lives to help others.

By the way, if you don’t have Jake’s Blog bookmarked yet, what are you waiting for?

Kraig Becker

3 thoughts on “More On The Ethics of Everest”

  1. Dear Kraig,

    Thanks for the post and your comment on my blog. I really enjoy reading your posts, and appreciate your insightful take on the current Everest situation.

    I am very happy to hear about the rescues on both sides of Everest this week; while I hope the need for rescues on the hill decreases, I simultaneously hope that the desire of people like Dave Hahn and others to conduct those rescues increases.

    Thanks again for your great posts, insights, and information…It is all appreciated!

    Keep up the great work!

    All my best,


  2. Hey Jake,

    Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. I appreciate your insights as well, and this is certainly an issue we all need to think about.

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