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 #151669  by mattn
 Fri May 24, 2019 3:53 pm
Where I have a problem with the Everest industry is the work conditions for the Sherpa - they are 10 times more likely to die at work than a US Soldier was in the Gulf war, 30 times more likely to die than a US Logger (most dangerous job in the US). Over a 10 year period ending in 2014, the mortality rate for a climbing Sherpa was more than 4 percent. The (mostly) Westerners who pay the big money for these services would be locked in jail for breaching work safe rules if they ran a business with that safety record back home.
Its interesting when a client dies it makes news, but never the Sherpa - they are treated as a disposable asset by the industry.

What moral compass allows any person to pay a Sherpa to take on that level of risk? These people are no in any way role models or heroes. They full fill a life long dream by paying people to die for them. Personally, I shed no tears for clients and guides that die on Everest/. They paid their money to load the dice in their favour, rolled it and lost.

To date these two deaths being the total to 10 this (northern hemisphere) spring climbing season on 8000m+ peaks (plus 3 missing, probably dead). Only one of those was a Sherpa. Whats interesting is a majority of deaths this season are altitude related illnesses, with just two accidents. Altitude sickness can happen to anyone, but if people acclimatize probably and respond to AMS quickly and immediately, it does not need to be fatal. Too many people with too few skills and too much invested are 'buying' summits and not turning back when they should. Queuing above 8000m is plain suicide.
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