High Crimes, The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed
Every armchair mountaineer and those who have climbed mountains far lower than Everest has read or heard about Everest's base camp and climbing problems. In 2004, journalist Michael Kodas attempted to climb Everest himself and reported back on a wide variety of what is sometimes called "the dark underside of Everest: people who would do anything for a quick buck, or a guarantee of reaching the top."
Interspersed with details of base camp theft, prostitution and extortion, Kodas spends a great deal of the book talking about the unruly acts of his team and the dictatorial behavior of his team leader. He goes home defeated.
But eventually he returns to investigate the story of a climber who was left by his private unlicensed guide to die on Everest.
Included: Maps, Bibliography, extensive index
357 pages with color photographs