Last Everest Climber Quits Speed Attempt

Sherpa needed rescue on North Face

Nick Davidson

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The last person on Everest for the season, Ecuadorian climber Patricio Tisalema, aborted his speed record attempt on Wednesday to rescue his Sherpa, who required immediate medical attention. Tisalema and teammate Rafael Martínez were climbing from Camp III on the north side and making good time when their Sherpa passed out. “Rafael and I had to give him first aid and that’s when I had to make the hardest decision of my life, to continue for the summit or save the Sherpa,” wrote Tisalema. The climbers retreated back to Camp III to stabilize the Sherpa before descending farther. Tisalema, now at Advanced Base Camp, believes he could have made the summit in 18 hours, a new world record.

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