\"Publising pictures of bolted cracks are worse advertising.\"
That's a bit harsh don't you think.
Not really! Are you referring to the pix in SAmountain? Those shocked me.
Marshall, Stu is right. An inexperienced climber died because of a team leader's negligence. It's not about selling ourselves to the rest of the world, however, we are all judged for Woodalls behavior, even though he went in on a Brit pass...he was meant to lead the SA team to victory, instead, he disgraced us all, and let down the sponsor, who in future I'm sure will never drop a cent on anything like this again.
Obviously, everyone knows of the risks, however this is not a disclaimer for the deaths that occurred. It's like when you go surfing, you know that one of the possible things is a shark attack, and you are aware of this. What Woodall did was stand in the boat and watch everyone get eaten by a pack of sharks, not throwing a line, then lead his team into the same waters, and leave the weakest behind to fend for themselves. If this doesnt make an outsider reflect badly on Saffas then I dont know what will. You must remember that the 96 event was globally covered and everyone knew what had happened.
It was a disasterous trip, one South African died, was it our disaster?
Yes, one of our own citizens died, that is a disaster for his family and loved ones. I think some compassion is in order. You must remember that Woodall had lied about everything, including his big mountain experience, so Bruce Herrod would have trusted his advice to summit, which lead to his demise, so it's not really about good or bad choices. You put your faith in the leader, just as if it were in a war [you can relate to that!]. It stinks. Tao my @ss!
Anyway, we're going in circles here. That's the end of what I want to say.