If you were a skilled mountaineer with survival and rescue skills, caught in a storm that you anticipated but was nonetheless dangerous to you, would you risk your life to save someone unprepared, also caught in the storm? Would you know how, or what to do in such a situation? Would you have carried in the equipment necessary for you both to survive? When things got dicey on the descent, would you walk away to save yourself — knowing that not walking away can mean death, as it did for Himalayan guide Rob Hall, who wouldn’t leave a collapsed client stranded and alone on the mountain?
Put in a more positive way, how far would you go to save another human being, a stranger whom you didn’t know?
I think this is a profoundly moving article. The answer, for some deeply moral and decent souls among us, is “very far”.