Giving up the top of the world to save a man’s life 

Canadian climber to speak about his 2006 Everest expedition at avalanche fundraiser

click to enlarge Andrew Bash saved Lincoln Hall's life while climbing Mt. Everest.
  • Andrew Bash saved Lincoln Hall's life while climbing Mt. Everest.

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“We’ll never know about David Sharp because nobody did that, nobody spent the time to see if they could get him to make a comeback or not,” said Brash.

“I think that’s what makes it such a powerful, kind of tragic story I guess — just not knowing.”

On the way down that day Brash choked back the bitterness of his failed attempt — something he had dreamed about throughout his 20-year climbing career.

The bitterness has since been replaced after getting to know Hall and realizing just how important he is to his family.

“Having to give up the summit for me was a big deal (but) to realize how much more important it was for Lincoln to be safe and down — that was a life changing event,” said Brash.

The event hasn’t stopped him from dreaming about the top.

He’s going back to Everest at the end of March, with the hopes of summiting with 2006 team leader Dan Mazur and the Sherpas who helped him the first time.

He is focusing on that part between the Second Step and the top: “That’s what I’m really looking forward to.”

As for that fateful spot near the Second Step that changed the course of his 2006 expedition, Brash said he will not be lingering over it too long.

“I’m sure it’s all going to come right back but I’m going to move right on.”

Brash will be presenting ‘Rescue on Everest’ on Friday Feb. 22 at the Canadian Avalanche Foundation Whistler Gala Dinner.

This father of two young girls has another connection to Whistler, having married Jennifer Chaplin, whose parents were part of the old Chaplinville community off of Alta Lake Road.

The evening will be co-hosted by foundation members Justin Trudeau and Chris Stethem and includes dinner and a silent auction at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain.

Tickets are $175 each (or $1,500 per table of ten). The event kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and the Everest presentation.

Among other things, the Canadian Avalanche Foundation supports education and public avalanche awareness and safety, and programs that prevent or minimize avalanche risk to the public.

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