"Arlene (Camp II): I'd rather you wouldn't go up there without Sherpa support. You've done a great job already, and you can come down now. The gear at Camp V isn't that important - it can be left there" (223).
This was a passage of Arlene speaking to Vera W, the last radio communication the two had. Vera insisted on proceeding to Camp V. From there, Vera and Alison would assess the conditions and worse case, they would return with the expense gear.
I am very intrigued by Arlene's leadership style. Self-notedly, Arlene didn't want to be dictatorial. She wanted to appease the people in her group. I don't think this facet of Arlene's leadership was solely motivated by a desire to be liked, rather, I think she genuinely wanted the people she cared about - and the people who had worked so hard for all these months and years - to find what they came for on Annapurna.
Is she a bad leader because she didn't stomp her feet up to Camp V and insist Vera and Alison go no further? I don't think so. I respect Arlene's ability to stand back and give autonomy to the individual. That being said, I think those individuals ought to have acted more selflessly, and perhaps, as a leader, Arlene could've done more to inspire that team mentality.