Donna - when I read the review, is seems that Michael's expedition was being called shoddy because the guy who told Michael that knew that George Dijmarescu was leading it. It was no reflection on Michael at all, the way I read it.
And Michael was told this by a fellow name - Russell? - the Wyatt Earp of base camp, as he was called. I think Michael was being warned, not blamed.
"When I think of Mick Jagger still singing that he can't get any satisfaction in over forty years of being in the Rolling Stones, I have to conclude that he's either lying or not all that bright." -- Henry Rollins