Sherpa Fight Breaks Out On Mount Everest

Mount Everest

A fight’s just not a fight unless it’s on top of Mount Everest and involves angry Sherpas.

A high-altitude brawl broke out between two European climbers and their Nepalese mountain guides on Mount Everest.

Two experienced climbers, Switzerland’s Ueli Steck and Simone Moro of Italy, were nearing Camp Three at 7,470m (24,500ft) on Saturday when the incident occurred.

The pair ignored their Sherpas’ orders to wait while they rigged up some ropes. Not ones to take well to instruction, the two climbers, accompanied by a photographer, continued to climb up the mountain. The Sherpas did not like this. Then some ice fell and hit one of them in the face. Their rage grew further.

Eventually the rage reached the point where an angry mob of Sherpas attacked the climbers in their tent, throwing stones at it until they emerged. A loud argument ensued and several punches were thrown.

Not wanting to be frozen Everest corpses, the climbers packed up their bare essentials and headed back to base camp where they felt it was the “safest place to be”.

Simone Moro (the Italian – obviously) was not prepared to apologize to the Sherpas though. According to him “getting hit by chunks of ice is a very natural occurrence” and “as it stands, no Sherpa has come forward to show any injury.”

More than 3,000 people have scaled Mount Everest, which straddles Nepal and China, since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first conquered the mountain in 1953. This, to my knowledge, has been the first report of an angry Sherpa mob fight.

Via: BBC News

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