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Friday, June 09, 2006

Doing the right thing


(AP Photo/ Binod Joshi)


American mountain guide Daniel Mazur, from
Olympia, Washington, talks to the Associated Press
in Katmandu, Nepal, Thursday, June 8, 2006. Mazur,
gave up his chance to be on top Mt. Everest just two
hours from the 8,850-meter (29,035 foot) summit
on the morning of May 26, to rescue a British climber
Lincoln Hall, 50, who had been left a day earlier by
his own guides believing he was dead.



Man gives up Everest climb for rescue

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press Writer Thu Jun 8, 8:23 PM ET

KATMANDU, Nepal - Just days after a British climber was left to die near
Mount Everest's summit, an American guide abandoned his second bid to stand on top of the world so he could rescue a mountaineer mistakenly given up for dead.

Not only did Daniel Mazur not scale the world's highest peak from the northern side, he also failed to get his two paying clients to the top.

"It was very disappointing for me to miss my chance at the summit, but even more that I could not get my job done," Mazur, of Olympia, Wash., told The Associated Press upon returning to Nepal's capital, Katmandu, on Thursday.

Mazur, his two clients and a Sherpa guide were just two hours from the 29,035-foot peak on the morning of May 26 when they came across 50-year-old Lincoln Hall, who was left a day earlier when his own guides believed he was dead.

"I was shocked to see a guy without gloves, hat, oxygen bottles or sleeping bag at sunrise at 28,200 feet height, just sitting up there," said Mazur, who scaled Everest once before, from the southern side, in 1991.

Mazur said Hall's first words to him were: "I imagine you are surprised to see me here."

Mazur said he knew Hall was OK because he was not crying for help and still had a sense of humor.

posted by Steve @ 12:03:00 AM

12:03:00 AM

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