Monday, April 29, 2013

The Brawl in Nepal

Police near Mount Everest are investigating reports of a fight on the upper reaches of the world's highest mountain between two foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides, officials said Sunday.

"We were told our clients and the guides fought on their way to camp three. We don't have all the details yet, but our clients have come down off the peak," said Anish Gupta of Cho-Oyu Trekking, the Kathmandu-based company that organised the expedition.
Everest's northeast ridge, the place George Mallory and Andrew Irvine were last seen alive.

You'd think sheer lack of oxygen would be enough to keep people from fighting much.  I remember climbing walking to the top of Mt Whitney, a mere 14,500 ft high compared to Mt. Everest's 29,000, and the sensation of breathless was, well, breathless.

I also think it's probably a bad idea to get into a fight with the guys who carry your gear, and who you you are counting on to carry you out if things go wrong, which they still do with shocking frequency.

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