Fletch wrote: "Climber's guide didn't tie a figure eight to a man's harness while climbing Everest and he fell to his death. Family awarded $2.1MM..."
But, what are your thoughts?
Too bad Fletch didn't stick around for our thoughts.
I think injured parties should have the right to sue. The Everest example is particularly apt. Guides haul people up there based upon their ability to pay, not climb. If you, as a guide, knowingly take a complete novice up a mountain, assure him he or she will be fine, you've pretty much guaranteed their safety in my book. If you can't accept the resulting liability then maybe you should be in the business of taking experienced climbers up a mountain, those who understand and accept the risk, rather than herding sheep.
Edit: Oops. Welcome back Fletch.