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May 24, 2007


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Cynthia M Andersen

I read another story referring to Francys and Sergei being Romeo and Juliet in the climbing community. The article said it was never known what happened to Sergei but he left his ice pick and axe near her body.

The article weighed heavy on my mind for days. You see i am not a mountain climber - i have a huge fear of heights but i am obsessed with all things that have to do with climbing Everest & K2. The trials and tribulations are gut wrenching to say the least but this story ripped my heart on so many levels.

But what i wanted to say or ask - Has anyone ever thought that Sergei (Romeo) was so devastated and full of guilt at leaving his wife and then hearing she was dying that when he found her he was beside himself. He left his rope and his ice ax as his clue that he was there and then lept to his death to be with his Juliet.........it is just a thought but the story of how the climbing community thought of them that way maybe little did they know they really were.

That is all i wanted to say. I can't imagine even if i were close to death walking past someone who said "help me" ................no mountain is worth it but that is just my opinion.

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