My last climb this year, Kazbek has proven that even if all the conditions are looking good shit can happen real quick in the high altitude. Peter started rapidly suffering from AMS right below the summit and with Tato we decided to immediately go down with him before it was too late. There's no way he could have made it on his own through the crevasses. There's no way he could have waited for us in ten below plus wind-chill to summit and come back to help then. After 1200m ascent 2800m descent followed - a long day of rescue that's going to cost me a couple of toe nails. After all, we managed to take this group photo together the next day.
We were pretty close to the summit. In fact, we could even see it from the plato. However the mountains will always be there, the trick is to make sure you are too.