Mountaineering for Slackers

There were other stories of trekkers and climbers who, having reached base camp or even higher, just couldn’t be bothered to walk down again, and summoned helicopters on the slightest pretext. Sometimes they managed to secure a medical note, in the hope that their insurance would pay out. One British mountain guide told us he’d had an argument with a couple of clients because he’d refused to sign such a claim. ‘I said – if you can walk up here you can sure as hell walk down.’ p14


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