Into Thin Air

why were the survivors of the 1996 expedition greeted with critcism and negative press?

in the book into thin air, why did all the people who survived the rough journey get treated with no respect when they finished their journey? why did people criticize their efforts?

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I read the book but somehow the article in Outside Magazine and the movie stick in my mind. In any case much of the criticism was leveled at a sense of arrogance that the guides had. Many felt that they had to get their clients up the mountain at any cost. Much criticism was aimed at competing businesses. Hike operators like Hall and Fiscer (they were friends) were competing for business. It was bad business not to get their rich clients to summit. For this reason, ignoring weather and turn-around times proved fatal.