I did alot of research after watching this. There are several websites out there dedicated to the news happening on and about this mountain and I found out some very interesting "opinions." I say it that way because they call them facts, but they vary so much from site to site, and article to article that I'm more inclined to call them opinions.
probably 90% of the articles and message boards I read had a great amount of respedct for Russell Brice. A couple call him a money hounding opertunist taking advantage of the the popularity of Mount Everest. One account says he wa asked to lead the effort to afix safety rope for everyone to use, and it ended up his team doing the vast bulk of the work and buying all the equipment. Another account says he volunteered because he knew it would get done right and then charged other expeditions to use his lines knowing there was no way to actually inforce that when they got near the top. Still another acount says he bullied everyone into letting him do it solely so he could get money from people not in his expedition.
It is also well discussed that anytime someone is in trouble on that mountain, they all turn to Russ. That is not disputed anywhere. It seems it's become expected for him to take the lead in a rescue misson. In many cases, the other team members he's helping (not his own team) continue for the summit or down the mountain like it's simply not their problem. The same guy who suggested he was money grubbing suggested he was sabatoging oxygen bottles in order for people ther to be completely dependent on him.
obviously, there's alot of opinion going around.
so my question to you guys is this:
do you think Everest should be left to the professionals, or should ordinary average guys get to ascend this peak at their whim... privided they have a bunch of money to shell out?
All I'll say is, to me, it's like paying a NFL coach 40K to let me score the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. It might or might not happen, but the chances of me getting clobbered by a 6 foot 8 inch, 350 pound linebacker is more probable.