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"The risk that personal ambitions and economic pressures erode acceptable standards of behavior and moral values are sadly as present in adventure sports as in any other human endeavor," writes Dr Erik Monasterio.
Body of the Tibetan nun, left in a snow path on Nangpa La. Courtesy of Pavle Kozjek (click to enlarge).


"Overall the personality of the base jumpers appears to be very similar to those of mountaineers. These findings are similar to those of other personality studies of risk-taking sports people, which have found high scores on the measure of Sensation Seeking (essentially the same as Novelty-Seeking)." reports the doctor.
The story was poignant as it followed shortly after another set of events, where a large party of climbers on summit push left another mountaineer to die.
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In 2004, 39 year old X-gamer Valery Rozov climbed a new "Russian" route on Amin Brakks (5850m) West face and did a B.A.S.E. jump from the summit. Both images courtesy Mountain.ru.
Too many explorers get in trouble simply because they are ill-prepared or careless. But Andrew McAuley, a very seasoned kayaker, did everything right; even turning back in his first attempt after two days out in order to fix a problem of cold rather than taking the risk of having to call for a rescue later in the trip. Andrew's unfair death came as a shock to the entire community.
Chinese officers in ABC with captured tibetan childen, looking at Nangpa La. Image courtesy of Pavle Kozjek (click to enlarge).
"In life we have the ability to make choices," Irish Banjo Bannon wrote on ExplorersWeb. "These choices often define who we are as people and reflect the true nature of our character. It is my belief that every one of the people who walked over David on that day has revealed themselves as a coward." Image of Banjo enroute to K2, courtesy of his website.
"I think theres a lot of cruelty on Everest it is actually different on all other mountains Everest is more than a mountain: It is a symbol of power. Therefore most people attempting to reach that summit are not true climbers, they are rich guys searching for a trophy to take home," said Portuguese Joao Garcia. Comic by Ricardo Cabral.
"I cant help thinking that if David had thought of shouting: 'Ill give you a million dollars if you get me out of here,' he could still be alive," veteran climber and legendary altitude doctor Dr. Jose Ramon Morandeira told ExWeb. Image of David Sharp courtesy of Project-himalaya.com.

Live and let die on Everest: A study by Forensic Psychiatrist Dr Erik Monasterio

Posted: Nov 05, 2007 06:52 am EST

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Erik Monasterio is a Bolivian/New Zealand medical doctor and mountaineer. He specializes in Forensic Psychiatry and also has a research background as a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Otago, Medical School. "I have been mountaineering for over 17 years and have climbed in the Andes, Himalayas, NZ, Alaska, Tibet," Monasterio told ExplorersWeb. "The reason I write is to submit an article based on my research interests." "I have prospectively studied a group of mountaineers, over four years to determine the...

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