Con­grat­u­la­tions Mark In­gles!

Adventure - - Contents - Steve Dick­in­son (Ed­i­tor)

Con­tro­versy abounds in the ad­ven­ture in­dus­try at the mo­ment. Ev­ery­one has an opin­ion, ev­ery­one a point of view. The thought of step­ping over a dy­ing man to get to the top of a moun­tain seems to­tally ab­hor­rent and it is; to cal­lously walk away from some­one in des­per­ate need for what, a spec­tac­u­lar view or a feather in your cap of achieve­ments. Well as un­com­fort­able as it makes you feel from the com­fort of your liv­ing room I am sure any­one who has the tenac­ity and courage to take on Ever­est, to will­ingly walk into the aptly named ‘Death Zone’ are not those that would turn quickly from some­one in need. Re­gard­less of right or wrong, re­gard­less of the pos­si­bil­i­ties of sur­vival or not, re­gard­less of who was in charge and who was not, the choice to leave David Sharp on the moun­tain would not be one that could be made with ease. In hind­sight there maybe a few sleep­less nights of what might have been but in all hon­esty I do not be­lieve that any­one, if given a sim­ple choice of sum­mit at the cost of this mans life, would have cho­sen to put a gun to the mans head and pull the trig­ger. Yet in a hor­ren­dously self-righ­teous man­ner it is easy for us to point the fin­ger of ac­cu­sa­tion. Mark In­gles, who I have spo­ken to but do not know per­son­ally, has been sen­sa­tion­ally eaten alive by the me­dia. As he waits in hospi­tal to­day to have the last of his frost bit­ten fin­gers re­moved he is de­fence­less against the mass of sen­sa­tional press laid against him. In­gles and his team did what they could in the con­di­tions and as with all good teams did what the des­ig­nated leader, the ex­pert, told them to do. I briefly spoke with Mark to­day and I gen­uinely felt sorry for him, the man has lost his legs, lost his fin­gers and no doubt com­pletely lost his faith in the me­dia and many in the ad­ven­ture com­mu­nity. Mark, you have over­come more ad­ver­sity than most peo­ple would see in sev­eral life­times, you have achieved more than most able-bod­ied in­di­vid­u­als and I have no doubt that you will bounce back from this, I guess it is more of a per­sonal moun­tain to over­come this time than a phys­i­cal one, yet I have no doubts you will tackle it head on with your nor­mal level of de­ter­mi­na­tion. Mark, con­grat­u­la­tions on a su­perb achieve­ment, the con­quer­ing of Ever­est. It sad­dens us that your over­whelm­ing ac­com­plish­ment and sac­ri­fice has been over­shad­owed by the tragedy of an­other climber. It is our hope it will be re­mem­bered for its suc­cess not its dis­torted sen­sa­tion­al­ism.

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