A Fall Before Rising - Jai Jaikumar Essay

1057 Words Oct 3rd, 2008 5 Pages
A Fall Before Rising by Jai Jaikumar is about a mountain climbing trip with Jai and his friend. They were suppose to turnaround and head back to high camp due to safety considerations but decided to continue climbing since they were not tired and they were also experienced. After reaching the mountain summit they began their descent - the cornice fell through, resulting in Jai and his companion to be separated on the other side of the slope. Jai fell on the snow in the Himalayas at close to 24,000 feet, and of the consequent 60-mile-per-hour ride down part of the side of the mountain losing nearly 3000 feet in altitude, and then a 24-hour trek through snow and ice apparently on a broken hip until he fell into the arms of a peasant woman …show more content…
If they had done so then there would have been a high probability that they would have been able to redefine their decision and assess the danger that was directly at hand.
This situation occurred due to the fact that it was not safe at the point of their descending since it was failing light which made their march dangerous as they had to feel and tap their way through the ice with their ice picks to test the surface before them. The situation could have been avoided if they had followed their initial decision to turn around at 1 p.m., they should have done this because of the safety measures that were dictated. Jai and his companion may have made the decision to walk the cornice since it was already late getting back to the camp site. Their initial assessment was that they were healthy, experienced climbers who could accomplish the goal desired – they had to use their judgment and intuition at what was best for them at the moment. However, on the other hand, they broke a rule/law that was put in place for their safety. They should have been responsible enough to follow the correct procedures in order to accomplish a desired goal. They should have turned around to the camp when it turned 1 p.m. and continued another day – here this decision resulted in an additional loss of four (4) days in excruciating pain and the loss of a close friend. Within

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