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I realize this is a long time ago, but being locked in the house for so long, I have watched everything on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and just now watched Everest Beyond the Limit. Mr. Brice saved your life. You might not want be willing to accept that, because you seem to have some other issues going on, but that mountain is not a sugar coated mountain, so the people involved in getting climbers up and down it are not going to sugar coat their interactions when comes to saving peoples lives. Back in 2012, a woman from Canada thought she knew best. She didn't listen to the guides. She didn't have a powerful and straight forward guide like Mr. Brice, and she is dead now—died on the way down.

I know you said that once back in camp you felt on top of the world again. Well, unless you plan on bolting up that mountain in one fail swoop, only being able to climb when you feel energized won't work. It's when you are completely out of steam that you have to reach down deep and find just enough energy to keep moving, not fall down in the snow and sleep. When I am training, I wait 'till the end of the day, when I am completely spent, before doing my hill training. I force myself up the hill without stopping. You did not belong on that mountain and had no business trying to climb it. You should be thanking God for Mr. Brice—he saved your life.

As for the other stuff, the supposed rude comments, and meanness towards you, I don't believe you, a lot of those men obviously had strong personalities, but none of them seemed to have a hatred towards women. However, you do seem to have some kind of attitude issue. In the televised show after Mr. Brice lets you off the team, you go on the video rant about how everyone there has a serious agenda, and you better not get in their way. Well, climbing mountains is a serious agenda. It's life and death. And because of one of these guys with a serious agenda, you are still upright. Count your blessings!

Raquel

Friday, December 11, 2020
Betsy, after watching the show I do truly believe Russel made the best decision for you. However, I thought your fellow climbers displayed a poor attitude toward you. One in particular and it saddens me to say I fear this may be down to misogyny on their part. They talked as if they themselves were elite mountaineers and you’d never even seen one before.
Maybe you should try again and use a different guiding outfit?

Sue
Leeds, AB, United Kingdom
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hello Betsy,

I came at this backwards, first watching most of the Discovery series on my laptop, and only then getting caught up in the blogs. Never have I seen a situation with so many interpretations.

I have to tell you, the clips of you lying motionless in the snow sealed your fate, in my early leap to judgment. Russell is pretty convincing on TV, the kind of guy you want in your corner.

But highly edited shows like this are only one version of the story. For my money, you both could be dead right in all you did. I have no clue. But adding your description of your own limited experience, Russell probably did right.

The bit of everyone hating you? That is just confusing. Didn't you report on Tim for the LAT? Did you guys have a history? He may be a bit Nascar, but he doesn't strike me as misogynist. I cannot buy the idea that women are not given equal (sometimes even better) breaks in these things; if nothing else, it always adds buzz. Everyone knows Ellen MacArthur finished second in the 2000 Vende Globe, hardly anyone remembers the man who won.

I like your writing. You are inspiring, and you give us all hope that we plebeians, with some passion, grit and fundraising, might just pull of a Kentucky Derby or America's cup or, who knows, even a fully guided Everest shot. Keep it going, Betsy.

Charles Lane
Castro Valley, CA
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
B H

Not to beat a dead yak but...

There obviously was a member of your Everest team who misrepresented themself and it was not you. Even from just the Discovery version film I've seen (OK 6 times), there is a immaturity, self absorbed, arrogance of one team member who should never have been tolerated by team members, or the mountain. I think you with your honesty, and iron will, did reach a more honorable "summit."

TJ

Tallahassee

Thomas Jones
Tallahassee, FL
Saturday, April 23, 2011
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