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True heroism?

Dear Editor:So attempting to not only climb but also ski from the summit of the world’s highest mountain – while forsaking supplemental oxygen and thereby prioritizing purist ethics over life preservation – strikes The Aspen Times editorial board as attributes of a mountaineer whose praises should be sung for exercising “common sense, good judgment and selflessness” (“Turning back is heroic, too,” June 13).It seems to me that a truly selfless person would consider family obligations long before venturing into a place known as the “Death Zone.” To then promote a righteous agenda of the failed oxygen-less ascent as somehow more significant than a summit with said aid is a cheap shot at those who practice your stated “common sense and good judgment.”Ted MahonAspen


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