It’s that time of year again and the most daring have their sights set on Mt. Everest.
After two of the deadliest years in the history of climbing Mt. Everest, it appears that this spring’s expedition season is set to be as busy – if not busier – than ever. Life is to be lived to the fullest for sure, and from my cozy spot on my couch Everest is enthralling! In the meantime, media attention is once again focused on the Everest guiding industry. Jobs are provided – yes – but at what expense? Sixteen Sherpas were among those killed tragically last year and this has led to more and more people asking whether this “fully catered” climbing experience (at $90K a pop) is really climbing at all. The locals in Nepal, who have great respect for the Earth, believe this magnificent Himalayan mountain range, is angry. I personally am not sure what to make of it all but as the season unfolds, with new records being attempted, I’ll watching.
If Mt Everest holds any fascination for you, I recommend you kick back and read Touching My Father’s Soul by Jamling Tenzing Norgay. This beautifully written and deeply personal account is written by the son of the legendary Tenzing Norgay – first Sherpa to ascend Mt Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary.
Happy reading and safe travels ~