South African Everest Adventurer Could End Up In Jail. There’s Why
A South African caught attempting to climb Mount Everest without an $11000 permit said yesterday that he couldn’t afford the hefty fee but had always planned to turn himself in and serve jail time as punishment.
Ryan Sean Davy was arrested on Tuesday after handing himself in to the authorities in Kathmandu a week after he was found hiding in a cave near Everest base camp without a permit.
He told reporters at a police detention centre that he knew he would have to turn himself in – and likely face jail time – because he wanted to release a film and book about his Everest adventure.
“I realised that I would have to turn myself in to make it all legal, do the jail time, because I can’t afford the permit,” said the 43-year-old, who now faces a $22000 fine.
Davy, who has no mountaineering experience, was attempting to scale the world’s highest peak alone and with little equipment – and hoped to save the lives of other climbers along the way.
Before he was caught he had managed to climb as high as Camp1 at an altitude of 6000m.
To get there he had to cross the treacherous Khumbu icefall, a huge stretch of glacier containing deep crevasses that must be crossed by ladder.
“I had some of the gear, not all of it, so there were some really interesting, scary parts,” he said.
Davy recently hit a low point after ploughing all his savings into two feature films that never got off the ground, but felt he could pick himself up if he was able to help someone else.
“I just wanted to find fulfilment by helping somebody. I couldn’t figure out what to do and then I realised if there’s one place in the world where there’s a guarantee that I could help people then that’s Mount Everest,” he said.
Davy, who is due to appear in court on Sunday, faces up to four years in prison if he cannot pay the fine.