"Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet."
"Three hundred feet from the bottom of the ice slope, Chen abruptly keeled over and lost consciousness. A moment later down at Camp Two, David Breashears's radio crackled to life: it was Jangbu, reporting in a panicked voice that Chen had stopped breathing."
"Thus the slopes of Everest are littered with corpses."
"In climbing, having confidence in your partners is no small concern. One climber's actions can affect the welfare of the entire team."