Sir Edmund Hillary Blasts Climbers Who Failed to Assist Dying Man

Erik Olsen told use yesterday of the three climbers who died on Everest recently — and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to summit Everest, had strong words to say about it.

Sir Hillary today said that he was shocked that dozens of other climbers left a British mountaineer, David Sharp, to die while on their own treks on the mountain.  Apparently more than 40 other climbers are thought to have seen Sharp as he lay dying of oxygen deficiency.

“Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain,” said Hillary in an interview with the New Zealand press.