half of Fantasy Ridge: Crevasses were observed at this altitude but an
alpine style will be almost certain the choice of ascent.
Why do Sherpas climb high
altitude peaks? This is not just a philosophical question but a practical
one. And asked, virtually all Sherpas will give approximately the same
“I climb because I must take care of my family.” -- Apa Sherpa of Thame
“I climb because I have a responsibility to provide for my family.” -- Dawa
“My family raised potatoes, but farming wasn’t enough to support our family .
. .I was trilled (climbing), but always on my mind was how this would help me
support my family and how I could provide them with security and status in our
Sherpas’ community to give them a better future.” -- Ang Rita Sherpa
However expressed, at the
core of all their answers is family. Mountaineering continues to be a good
source of income for the Sherpas to provide for the family. This
extraordinary group has always been known for their legendary loyalty,
strength and determination. Sherpas have played a quiet but critical role in
almost every achievement connected to modern day Everest expeditions. They
combine amazing knowledge and experience of the mountain with the flexibility
and sensitivity to deal with climbers from many cultures.
They contribute to route finding, fix the climbing routes with ropes, ferry
vital supplies for the team, and expose themselves to the risks of high
altitude climbing. For all their positive contributions to the business of
climbing, they have paid dearly in the loss of life and limbs, a
disproportionate price of personal loss underscored by the meager recognition
and relatively small fees for invaluable services. In fact, some deals are
struck only at the end of the climb leaving the Sherpas to take what is given
while the climbers go home to bask in the limelight.
One hears about the many corpses left on Everest. Without the Sherpas this
number would be much, much higher. Too often history records the climber, but
the Sherpas are lucky to be mentioned as a mere footnote, even when theirs has
been the ultimate sacrifice.
The bravery and loyalty of the Sherpas is the skeletal ladder on which
alpinists have made their heroic climbs.
Out of respect for the immense contributions of the Sherpas, we are engaging
in a partnership with a select group of sherpa climbers who will represent
their people. This partnership will offer the group a voice to be heard by
the whole world. For the first time they will send dispatches of their
thoughts and experiences to the rest of the world in their own words without
editing or restrictions. This should serve as an example for future
expeditions that the Sherpas have unique physiological qualities and
unsurpassed knowledge of the mountain. But most importantly, the Sherpas have
names and feelings and thoughts.
This will be an honest and equal partnership. By doing this we hope to build
a stronger bridge between the alpinists and the Sherpas. On this expedition
Sherpas will not climb and fix ropes for others. They will climb when their
turn arrives, and climbers will rotate as time and needs arise. Their
expertise will be put to use in a new way, ascending with mutual respect and
This is an expedition to break new paths -- not just the route to the top of
Everest, but a fuller understanding and respect for the Sherpas as gifted
partners. Pathfinder 2006
The expedition is open for
sponsorship. In addition, access to the video/photo documentary will be
available in exchange for financial support. The expedition will report
exclusively to EverestNews.com. POTENTIAL SPONSORS: FOR
INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEMBERS
OF THE TEAM AND DETAILED PLANS FOR THE CLIMB, PLEASE
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