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Sherpa (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 April 2016 (USA)
A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, ... See full summary »

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Jennifer Peedom

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Jennifer Peedom

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 6400 m (21,000 ft) as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults - even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas' point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14,000 ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas ...

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Some Live to Climb. They Climb to Live.

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Country:

Australia | Nepal

Language:

Nepali | English

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26 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Serpa: Spor na Everestu See more »

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Mount Everest, Nepal

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Arrow Media,Felix Media See more »
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Westerners Should Be Ashamed of Themselves
9 September 2017 | by aphrodisiaciixSee all my reviews

These westerners should be ashamed of themselves for their exploitation of the locals, and in taking recognition as Mt. Everest climber. They did not climb the mountain by themselves, but rather with the bulk of the hard work was done for them by the Sherpas. The ONLY reason they were able to summit is because of the Sherpas' efforts. This is a rich men's game, and these climbers are usually millionaires (and more) or with extremely rich sponsors.

The government of Nepal should be ashamed of themselves as well; not only for what they do to their own people, but also what they allow to happen in this mountain with the man-made destruction of this beautiful natural environment. These climbing operations and their climbers leave countless of oxygen bottles, climbing equipment, tools, garbage, non-degradable trash, human excrement, etc. on this mountain. Almost all of these trash and garbage will remain there forever because of the preservation characteristic of extreme cold temperature. There are efforts to retrieve these refuses, but only as symbolic attempts at best with no real solutions to make a difference.

I have no respect for those people who do extreme sports (or extreme of anything). In their quests of accomplishing their goals, they always have to destroy or harm something else with much more devastating impacts (whether it's the environment, the animals, their competitors, their societies, their communities, their families... or even themselves). They are just like those bad auto mechanics who fixed the brakes, but allowed the tires to detach down the road, or those plumbers who unclogged the toilet, but caused the toilet water leakage in the process.

I propose a complete ban of Mt. Everest climbing for 10 years or until when all the man-made objects/trash completely be removed from this mountain. Once it's allowed to be climbed again, all climbers must carry their own supplies and equipment beyond base camp, that means Sherpas can only help climbers and transport their cargoes up to base camp (no more 30-trip climbing for each Sherpa and no more laying down ropes and tracks for climbers from base camp to summit; and, ANYTHING taken up must be brought down each climbing season. This rule alone will cut down a huge number of rich/part-time/amateur climbers and their share of the destruction of Mt. Everest.

Last but not least important issue: past and present Sherpas are to be recognized for their summits in the history books/records just like their westerner counterparts. Sherpas are to be recognized as professional mountaineers at the national and international level with their salaries/benefits shall be commensurate with their experience and years in service.


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