It's easy to criticise but when you are at 8,000m with the pressure crushing you skull with splitting headaches it's not clear cut.
This and all the rest, confusion, fear, absolute mental and physical exhaustion, irrational behaviour, self preservation.
athgrey, I wasn't criticising anyone specifically on this thread, just a general opinion and observation. I also can't claim to have been in a life or death climbing situation, but have climbed extensively in Scottish winters and the Alps and have some experience of being completely exhausted, debilitated from altitude sickness and extreme cold whilst trying to make rational decisions, trying to deal with ropes and kit with frozen mind and fingers, trying to make decisions whilst at the end of my tether mentally and physically, barely able to drag myself up or down let alone anyone else.
I just don't think most people are qualified to comment unless they have been in a similar situation.
As said above, I just don't know how I would act if put on Everest with all these mental and physical extremes going on in my mind and body. I personally have no desire to find out.