Details are sparse on this incredible individual effort that saved the life of a Everest climber but I suspect a movie will be made in the future to tell the tale of Gelje Sherpa rescuing a mountaineer who was abandoned and left to die on the Balcony (elevation 27,657). The footage of Gelje Sherpa hauling him down is nothing short of remarkable.  The man survived and is recovering in the hospital:

“You may all be wondering where is the summit photo? Unfortunately no summit yet. At the Balcony during our summit push around 8,300m I saw someone in danger. A man who needed rescuing and no one else was helping. I made the decision to cancel our clients summit push so that I could bring him down to safety before he died up there alone. I carried him myself all the way down to Camp 4 where a rescue team helped from then on. I will be back up the mountain soon after regaining energy from a huge task but I am so happy to say he is alive and recovering in hospital.” –Gelje Sherpa 

 

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