World's highest fight
April 30, 2013 3:22 AM Subscribe
Last weekend, almost 60 years after the first ascent
by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, fights
broke out between three Western climbers and a group of sherpas, at around 7200m on Mount Everest.
The three Western climbers were noted alpinists Ueli Steck
and Simone Moro
, and photographer Jonathan Griffith
The Westerners were climbing between Camp 2 and Camp 3, when they encountered a group of sherpas fixing ropes for teams preparing to make their ascents. What exactly triggered the altercation is disputed, but there was a confrontation, and both groups separately descended to Camp 2. When the Western climbers arrived, they were physically attacked by a very large group of sherpas. The climbers believed that their lives were in danger
, and only saved by the interventions of other climbers.
Simone Moro's account
(Italian and English) is shaping perceptions in the Western media, and while it is unlikely that we will hear a detailed account from the Sherpa side, a perhaps more balanced account can be found here
Apologies have been made, and an armistice
has been signed by all parties, but the incident raises further questions about the increasing commercialisation
of Everest, and the changing role and exploitation
of the sherpas.
Previously: Everest Traffic Jam
, Ueli Steck