Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The E List
I guess if you've climbed the tallest mountain in the world, you want your name on the list, and you don't want the word "disputed" following it. The Associated Press reports today that a car-dealership owner from Alberta, Canada, has filed a lawsuit to remove a footnote that questions his ascent of Mount Everest.
Byron Smith climbed Mount Everest in May 2000, but says he doesn't have any photographic evidence of himself reaching the top. So the Golden-based American Alpine Club has listed his name with the dreaded disclaimer after it.
The Canadian's claim to have summited is disputed by some who question the speed with which he says he ascended and descended a difficult segment, and details of his group's final push. Smith sys the list has defamed him, and even more troubling, has cost him car sales.