Douchebaggery on Kangchenjunga

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LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Jun 4, 2011 - 02:11am PT
"High Crimes" was written by a disgruntled client, not an experienced mountaineer.
I too googled the name but found nothing that would indicate more than client status on two trade routes. It would also be a stereotype to assume anything about this client's experience, more or less, or give this climber special consideration for being a female.

Mountaineering epics are generally built by a series of poor choices. It may well be that this climber made some poor choices in the desire to be the first American woman on that summit.


We westerners have a fantasy of high altitude mountaineering, therefore we are shocked and appalled at the realities of commercialized climbing. We bring our own very american idea that spending the dollar guarantees us a certain experience, and transfers responsibility to others.

Jan's comments are very worthy. Thank you Jan Thank you Dawa

sullly

Trad climber
Jun 4, 2011 - 11:34am PT
I enjoyed High Crimes, finding the reporting credible. I believe some sherpas can be as#@&%es and that the client in the book was beaten by sherpas. I was shocked that comercialized base camp has prostitutes and graft. Some Americans equate sherpas with Buddhist monks. If you read Karl's post, this is untrue.
Stewart Johnson

climber
lake forest
Jun 4, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
its expensive to go on a trip like that short roped on o2 to not one but three personnel sherpas. i mean how much are you paying those guys?
whats the cost of a trip like that?
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Jun 4, 2011 - 01:25pm PT
Some Americans equate sherpas with Buddhist monks. If you read Karl's post, this is untrue.

I dunno, Some Buddhist monks give into their temptations and weaknesses too!

Peace

Karl
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jun 5, 2011 - 02:10am PT

The top pay for a Sherpa getting someone to the summit of Everest is $5,000.

They're actually paid in increments according to how high they carry loads. South Col would be $4,500 and Camp 3 $4,000, etc.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
Jun 5, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
I just love the ambiguous title of this thread...

Douchbaggery on Kangchenjunga is a mouthful... er, correction, douchbaggery on Kanchenjunga is for some reason fun to say and read.

Try it.... say it like a boxing announcer, or an auctioneer, I don't care. Do your Marv Albert voice, or Howard Cosell. Try a Barack Obama or even Elmer Fudd....

doesn't matter, it just sounds... right.

Douchebaggery on Kanchenjunga!!!11111

DMT
iep

climber
Jun 5, 2011 - 12:46pm PT
lol^
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jun 5, 2011 - 01:00pm PT
Okay - I tried in in the voice of Daffy Duck. You're right - Funny.

Some others?

Popeye the Sailor
The "Oh the Humanity" Hindenberg radio guy

and....


Todd Gordon
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
May 10, 2014 - 11:25am PT
Bump.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 10, 2014 - 11:26am PT
So who was at fault?
Jan

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
May 10, 2014 - 11:56am PT
A long time after this thread I saw an article by Cleo in which she said that the whole episode had been misinterpreted by the two men who reported that she had been abandoned by her Sherpas, that no such thing had happened. Rather, she had ordered them to make preparations to pull camp while she slowly got herself down.
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
May 10, 2014 - 12:01pm PT
D'oh.

Teapot meet tempest.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 10, 2014 - 04:49pm PT
Oh the humanity! Wary be of the vagaries of commercial high altitude tourism - consider getting into climbing instead.
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