Case Analysis

Case Write-up: Mount Everest
Mar. 20. 2014

Problem Statement
    If Hall and Fischer had developed a better group cohesiveness before and during the expedition, then the tragedy would not have happened, which more lives would be saved.
Adventure Consultants and Mountain Madness, which were led by two of the greatly experienced high-altitude climbers Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, climbed Mount Everest in 1996. Twenty-three members of group successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest around 4 p.m. on May 10. Unfortunately, Hall, Fischer, and three other people died during the descent because of an expectable storm. Just like Robbins textbook defines, those two groups are task groups. All individual members are coming together to complete their tasks, which was to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest. It is a respectful task and good beginning. But what exactly happened and caused the tragedy? It was because of lacking of group cohesiveness.
Hall’s group had members of eight clients, however, none of them had ever completed a successful Mount Everest ascent, nor had anyone climbed any other peak more than 8,000 meters height. (par.1, page 3) In other words, all the members had rarely experience in ascending to that height and they did not realize how terrible the weather was there. In addition, they had not physically exercised before they met. That was why some of those members, such as Krakauer had to deal with persistent cough or intestinal ailments when they nearly just arrived at Base Camp. Moreover, most climbers met each other for the first time in Nepal. Therefore, it was less likely they would know each other well and trust each other. Soon thereafter, several climbers worried about whether they could rely on their team members during difficult times. Many also worried a great deal about what others thought about them (par.5, page 5). The lacking of trust, experience and knowledge led and indicated that the group had a lower...