This interesting, well shot story on obligation of veteran alpinist rescuers towards fat foreign, ill-equipped tourists, and guides who try their hand at climbing and have to be rescued often at the risk of the lives of the rescuers the trouble is that one man's limit is another man's piece of cake.
This interesting, well shot story on obligation of veteran alpinist rescuers towards fat foreign, ill-equipped tourists, and guides who try their hand at climbing and have to be rescued often at the risk of the lives of the rescuers the trouble is that one man's limit is another man's piece of cake. all of which re-opened discussion of a basic question: what right do mountain climbers have to flirt with danger when the result can be to put dizens, perhaps hundreds of rescuers' lives in danger as well? What responsibility can a climber be made to take as he sets out on his adventure? The public authorities of Chamonix were busy every day this past summer either organising rescue operations or checking out reports of accidents. Their record is first-rate, but they're apprehensive of their ability to cope with future demands as the sport of alpinism grows and the number of accidents grows apace. The record shows that while it's true that dare-devil alpinists cause the most difficult and spectacular rescue operations when they get in trouble, most of the victims of accidents are ordinary tourists, too often travelling alone, perhaps just too inexperienced for the mountain courses they attempt to pursue, very often poorly equipped for their outings, and worst of all unwilling to pay the price of a guide. The guides know their business. They do things as a matter of course that make ordinary mortals flinch just to watch. The major cause of mountain accidents, however, is the weather. What seems like fun on a bright sunny day can suddenly an impossible nightmare in the blinding fog, rain, wind, snow, lightning. The problem for public authorities is to see to it that rescue services keep pace with the mountain climbers in numbers as well as in equipment and technique. This is a violent life, but of a special sort. In contrast to what happens on highways, in city streets and on faraway battlefields, violent death here comes not from the hand of other men. It comes from the mountain, which men can only admire and respect.