There was only the one option IMHO - to cut the rope. Where the controversy arose was after the event ...ie did he spend enough time trying to find his friend. But, then again, could he have done that safely in those conditions and with the available resources. I doubt it.dedee":39p3bcwj said:I too have read the book and seen the film. You can't help but ask the question of youself what would I have done?