Remember to Tip Your SherpasBy Rocky Thompson on June 3rd, 2011
This is easily the oddest story of mountaineering in the Himalaya this season. A woman suffering from cerebral edema was price-gouged on the mountain by Sherpas for supplemental oxygen on the way down, and then she was abandoned to die by them later. You should read the whole store by Stewart Green on the Kangchenjunga climb, it’s insane. The woman survived with a lot of help from other climbers after several harrowing nights on the way down the mountain. When they hit base camp, of course the guys who were harassed by the Sherpas confronted them. It ended in a huge fight with one guy wielding an ice axe and a western-movie-bar-style brawl. Esh, remember to promise this Kangchenjunga crew a nice tip if you book them next year.