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Chinese mountaineer Wang Jing after summiting Everest from the Nepal side late Friday, May 23, 2014. It was the 39-year-old Wang's third ascent of Everest.

Chinese mountaineer Wang Jing reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 23, 2014. It was the 39-year-old woman's third ascent of the mountain.

Photograph Courtesy Of Wang Jing

Chip Brown

National Geographic News

Published August 5, 2014

On May 23 at 6:30 p.m., a 39 year-old Chinese climber named Wang Jing and a small team of Sherpas became the first and only climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest from the south so far this year.

Without fixed ropes, and long past the customary 2 p.m. turnaround time, Wang and her guides pushed up Everest's summit ridge, including the crux of the route, the 40-foot cliff known as the Hillary Step. Then, perhaps more impressively, they came back down the same treacherous knife-edge in the dark, and safely descended 3,000 feet to Camp IV on the South Col, the gap between Everest and Lhotse. It was arguably one of the most remarkable ascents of the world's highest mountain since the era of commercial guiding began more than two decades ago.

But not everyone saw it that way.

Five weeks earlier, a massive avalanche had killed 16, including 13 Sherpas and 3 other workers, casting a cloud of tragedy and strife over Everest and essentially bringing all expeditions on the south side of the mountain to a halt.

Because Wang insisted on climbing Everest when virtually every other Nepal-side expedition had abandoned their plans, and because she used a helicopter to bypass the difficulties of the Khumbu Icefall, where three unrecoverable bodies of avalanche victims were still buried, her Everest ascent has been mired in controversy—derided as being in poor taste, the indulgence of a rich "pseudo-mountaineer" who breached basic climbing ethics and ushered in a debased new era of "helicopter mountaineering."

Nowhere has the criticism been more vehement than in Wang's home country, where Chinese blog sites have been inflamed with outrage, some of it misinformed.

"Helicopter Jing, you're imbued with the stench of your money-bought certificates and honors ... The holy Everest has been dirtied by you, a cunning and ugly person!" said one angry commenter on Weibo, a Chinese social media site. "This is a permanent shame in the history of Everest climbing. This is a notorious joke in mountaineering circles!" another weighed in.

Map and timeline of Jing Wang's path to Mount Everest's Summit.
Scale varies in this perspective. The standard South Col-Southeast Ridge Route is approximately nine miles (14.5 kilometers) long.
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The Everest summit came on Day 128 of Wang's 9+2 project, her globe-spanning attempt to reach in record time both poles and the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents (plus two alternate summits, to preclude any dispute about which mountains actually constitute continental apexes).

A Mountaineering Marathon

She began the bravura feat of trekking and climbing on January 15, when she skied 68 miles (110 kilometers) from latitude 89 degrees south to the South Pole, and finished her marathon 149 days later, on June 13 at 11:20 a.m., standing on the summit of Mount Blanc with friends. Her elapsed time was 143 days for the two poles and seven summits—Alaska's Mount McKinley, climbed on June 6, technically completed the set.

I first met Wang Jing on May 25, two days after her sunset visit to the summit of Everest. She had stopped for a ceremony in her honor in the Khumbu trading town of Namche Bazaar. She was still drained by the effort of the preceding 48 hours. After 12 and a half hours on the climb to the summit, she had returned to Camp IV at 11 p.m., Friday, May 23.

She spent a frigid night with her five Sherpa teammates on the South Col—they only had two tents and two sleeping bags for six people—then resumed the descent on Saturday, reaching Camp II at noon. On Sunday morning, she and the Sherpas flew out of the Western Cwm—a broad, flat valley that ends at the foot of Lhotse Face—by helicopter.

There wasn't much chance to hear the details of her Everest ascent during the Namche stopover. She had donated $30,000 to the local hospital and was feted with speeches, ceremonial kata scarves, milk tea, and cookies. She gave a brief interview to a reporter from the Himalayan Times, entertained a few of my questions, demonstrated her flexibility by putting her foot over her head, and was whisked off to Kathmandu by helicopter. That night, she boarded the first of four commercial flights to Anchorage, Alaska, and went on to Denali National Park to climb the tallest mountain in North America.

Despite the controversial use of helicopters to reach Camp II, Wang's Everest climb was formally certified by the Nepal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation in June, and in Kathmandu on June 30, she received the International Mountaineer of the Year Award from the Nepal government, an honor she was told had also been given to Sir Edmund Hillary.

Two weeks ago, when she flew to New York for a vacation with her husband, Faqiang, and their two daughters, Cady, 11, and Kathy, 9, we had a more leisurely conversation at a restaurant in lower Manhattan.

Wang speaks little English; her friend Xi Ye, a 45-year-old investment banker at Goldman Sachs, translated. She was still surprised by the enmity her Everest ascent had provoked, particularly in China, and wanted to correct inaccuracies in the written accounts of her climb—ranging from her alleged attempt to hide her use of helicopters to her age.

I hesitated for a long time, and for the first time, I felt the threat of death, as if I were trading my life for the mountain.

"I was really mad when they said my age is 41," she laughed.

Dressed in pants and a black blouse, Jing, as her friends call her, appeared unassuming, good-humored, even giggly at times, over the course of a four-hour conversation. She also displayed an unmistakable will and drive, qualities that surely figure in her climbing résumé, which began with Kilimanjaro, her first snow mountain in 2007, and now includes three Everest ascents and six other 8,000-meter summits—Makalu, Manaslu, Broad Peak, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Shishapangma.

A Childhood in China

Jing grew up in the rural town of Ziyang in Sichuan Province, the youngest of four children. Her father was a factory worker; her mother worked for the local village government. Her formal education ended after middle school. She later worked as a waitress and met her husband in 1993, when he came into the restaurant hoping to land a contract to print its menus.

In 1995, they bought a design patent for a tent and co-founded a tent-manufacturing company called Tianhui—Everyday Happy, in English. Wang sewed the first tent herself.

"In the beginning I had no idea there were companies like North Face that were making tents," she recalled. The couple eventually moved the business to Beihei, a city in Guangxi in southwest China, and in 1999 founded Beijing Toread Outdoor Products Company, an outdoor gear and clothing firm that they took public ten years later. It now has a market value of about one billion dollars.

Wang began planning her 9+2 project last fall, motivated not so much by brand enhancement—"I don't want to sacrifice my life for a product," she said—as by the desire to challenge herself and to promote the cause of women and outdoor activity in China.

When her original Everest outfitter, Russell Brice, of Himalayan Experience, called it quits after the avalanche, her 9+2 project hung in the balance. Wang returned to Kathmandu on April 27 and tried to get permission to climb Everest from the north side. She was turned down by authorities in her own country.

Knowing that Nepal officials were insisting on keeping Everest open for climbing even though the Khumbu Icefall was impassable—the Sherpas specialists who build and maintain the route through the icefall had removed the ropes and ladders—Wang contacted a Kathmandu-based outfitter, Himalayan Sherpa Adventure.

For a flat fee, which she declined to disclose for "business reasons," Himalayan Sherpa Adventure hired two cooks and five guides: Pasang Dawa Sherpa, Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa, Lhakpa Gyaljen Sherpa, Tashi Sherpa, and Da Gyalje Sherpa. Contrary to press reports, all had summited Everest on multiple occasions.

On May 7, Wang and her new team returned to Everest Base Camp. The next day, May 8, an American woman, Cleonice Weidlich—who had a permit to climb Everest's neighbor, Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world—took a helicopter to Camp II, despite the Nepali government policy limiting helicopter flights above the icefall to rescues. (Weidlich climbed near Camp III before retreating.)

The Fog of Controversy

In the past two months, so many confusing and contradictory statements have been attributed to various Nepali authorities regarding the use of helicopters after the avalanche that it's difficult to say who had permission to do what. Whatever the case, two days later, on May 10, Wang's team flew up to Camp II with Fishtail Air pilot Maurizio Folini, a fact she says was widely reported and insists she never attempted to hide.

In her mind's eye she said she could still see the Kangshung Face plunging 10,000 feet below them, and their little team alone on Everest with nothing to hold onto but each other. 'My tears just came down,' she said.

"I had no idea whether my outfitter had a permit to fly a helicopter or not," Wang told me. "When I signed the contract, I knew we would possibly have to fly over the icefall. We assessed the situation from Base Camp and knew there was no way we could climb. First, it was impossible. And second, we didn't want to go through the section where the dead Sherpas were still in the ice. I never realized it would cause such a big controversy. If you don't fly to Camp II, you just go home."

Once on the mountain, Wang was unaware of the uproar brewing around her. Some of it was undoubtedly rooted in resentment that Wang had the south side of Everest virtually to herself. (See "Maxed Out on Everest" in National Geographic magazine.) She also had the persistence—or, some would argue, the insensitivity—to proceed when other expeditions with hundreds of high-paying Western clients had folded up and gone home, their plans willingly canceled out of respect for the dead and considerations of safety or unwillingly abrogated by threats of violence from activists in Base Camp seeking to enforce a climbing boycott for political and economic leverage.

The question of whether it was disrespectful to climb after the tragedy of April 18 is not easy to answer. Many grieving Sherpas who wanted to go home after the death of so many of their brothers might say yes. But many would have stayed and worked if they hadn't felt intimidated by threats from activists using the tragedy to press the sclerotic Nepali government for labor reforms.

The Sherpas rustled up by Wang's Nepali outfitter found themselves with one of the most lucrative jobs they would ever have. Wang told me she contracted to pay a lump sum to Phurba Gyaltsen Sherpa, the managing director of Himalayan Sherpa Adventure; she didn't know the individual salaries of her hired guides.

But in Lukla last May, a member of Wang's team told a guide I had hired, Krishna Gopal Shrestha, that each Sherpa had received a $10,000 salary and a $2,000 tip for three arduous weeks of work, an amount that would ordinarily take three or four seasons on Everest to earn. Wang didn't dispute the sums when I broached them with her.

The Long Climb

Starting on May 12, Wang and her team began a series of acclimatization hikes between Camp II at 6,474 meters (21,240 feet) and Camp III at 7,158 meters (23,484 feet) on the Lhotse Face. In addition to pitching tents and tending to their client, Wang's Sherpas also had to set the fixed ropes, a job normally handled by a larger contingent of Sherpas assigned to the task by big commercial expedition companies at the start of the spring climbing season. The satellite weather reports showed a window of good weather around May 18, the date she initially hoped to make a summit attempt.

She climbed to Camp III on May 16, but her Sherpa team was too exhausted from fixing the route to follow, and she returned to Camp II the next day. She spent the next three days resting up and waiting for a weather window.

On May 21, the team was ready. They moved up to Camp III, and on May 22, continued on to Camp IV at the South Col at 7,906 meters (25,938 feet). They planned to mount a summit bid the following day, Friday, May 23.

Wang left the next morning at 6 a.m., climbing with "Young Lhakpa," as she called her 22-year-old guide, Lhakpa Gyaljen.

At 3 p.m., after nine hours of climbing and well past the time most commercial expedition leaders would have ordered their clients to turn around, Wang and four Sherpas reached the South Summit, about 200 meters and two hours below the summit. (Da Gyalje Sherpa had returned to Camp IV.) From here on, there would be no more fixed ropes, because they had run out of rope.

"What do you think, Jing?" Pasang Dawa asked.

"What do you think?" she replied.

"At that time, everyone was quite silent and somber," she recalled. "I said, 'Can we try a little bit more?' So we climbed another 15 minutes and got above the South Summit. And then we stopped and talked again. Should we turn around? Pasang, who was leading, said if we went for the summit, we would have to come down in the dark with no fixed ropes.

"I hesitated for a long time, and for the first time, I felt the threat of death, as if I were trading my life for the mountain. And that was when I said, 'I want to push forward, but it's my own decision.' I didn't want anyone else to feel they had to come with me. That's when old Lhakpa [Lhakpa Nuru] turned around and went down. Once you make a decision, you just go for it. I had no hesitation, but when I looked around I felt nervous. The first two times I had climbed the summit ridge of Everest, in 2010 and 2013, I had crossed at night. This time it was in the daylight, and we had no fixed ropes, and you could look down the Kangshung Face [on the Tibetan side of the mountain]. It's a very steep drop."

Pasang Dawa led out, roped to Wang, who was roped to Young Lhakpa and Tashi Sherpa—none of them secured to the mountain by fixed lines as they would normally be. As they worked their way up the ridge, above the South Summit, they came to the famous barrier of the Hillary Step. Pasang clipped into an old fixed rope, but it was mostly for psychological reasons. They all knew better than to trust a weathered, wind-frayed line.

Finally at 6:30 p.m., they reached the top. In a video that Pasang shot, you see the rare sight of Everest in the sublime sundown light—Lhotse, Makalu, and countless other peaks in the distance, the fanciful cloud kingdoms and all the high Himalaya realms burnished in the last rays of day, a scene beautiful to witness, but often poison to be caught out in.

On camera, Wang in her red Toread down suit takes off her oxygen mask and says, "Ok ok, ok," gulps some oxygen and says in Chinese: "I really didn't think I could climb up to the summit, because it is truly very, very difficult. Since we didn't have a fixed rope, we got to the top by foot. Also, today I feel the bravest person is Pasang, who walks in front.  Oh, I don't really feel I know how to climb down yet. What amazing Sherpas."

They were back at the South Col by 11 p.m., and off the mountain 48 hours later. The trip began to vanish like a dream.

A few days ago I got an email from her adding a detail about that stupid-brave moment above the South Summit at 3:15 p.m. when, having offered the Sherpas a chance to go back and leave her to her folly, she decided to press on without knowing whether she could make it up alone, much less back down with no line to guide her in the dark.

In her mind's eye she said she could still see the Kangshung Face plunging 10,000 feet below them, and their little team alone on Everest with nothing to hold onto but each other. "My tears just came down," she said.

What was she going to do next? I had asked her, back in New York. She thought she might stop climbing for a while. "I hope to be a housewife," she said. The lights in the restaurant were being turned off. She said goodbye and headed uptown to rejoin her family—just an ordinary tourist in New York with tickets that night to see the Lion King.

Chip Brown is a contributing writer for National Geographic. He wrote about the role Sherpas play in the Everest climbing industry and the impact on their community in the wake of the tragic avalanche that killed 16 in April.

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54 comments
Cathy Kelty
Cathy Kelty

"... Her elapsed time was 143 days for the two poles and seven summits..."

What a poseur!  Why, I heard she was carried in a gilt litter held aloft by six strapping Nubians during each expedition; indeed, she was flown across the oceans instead of swimming them, like genuine adventurers (i.e., men) would do!  

(Good grief.)

Donna Vieira
Donna Vieira

Chinese mountaineer Wang Jing reached the summit of Mount Everest under PRE-CONDITIONS.  The harsh man-made pre-conditions were forced upon her or by nature.  She endured and succeed in reaching the summit under impossible conditions and created history.  Bravo.  You go, girl!!

Philip Ashwood
Philip Ashwood

Climbing Mt. Everest just doesn't appear to be as impressive as it was at one time.

Sue Spaulding
Sue Spaulding

A remarkable story; the topic is consistent with

NG's themes, so I'm not understanding all the critiques; however, I was

surprised to see the usage of "lead"'rather then

"led." As in "Dawa lead...." in a magazine the caliber of

National Geographic.

Wonder Mike
Wonder Mike

Somehow less impressive when its your third accent and you skipped a base camp with a helicopter.

Stephen Robinson
Stephen Robinson

Getting to the top of Everest from anywhere is an achievement.  I have never got to the top.  I can't even afford to get to Nepal....  There is no doubt more satisfaction by getting to the top without a helicopter, but I think all the people who are ripping her are just jealous they don't have a helicopter. And she has had 3 previous unsuccessful attempts, so who is to say she has not already crossed the icefall?  Mountaineering should not be a secret-handshake-old-boys club as some would like it to be.  All she did was walk to the top of a hill, why is this even news????

Donnie Rose
Donnie Rose

i bet most of the critics on here cant even climb a flight of stairs.....

Nikki Graham
Nikki Graham

Ridiculous. She did nothing wrong. Life goes on.

mr peabody
mr peabody

 the very old fashioned and artificial ideas behind fame and glory are dying a hard and awkward death, and that is what people are actually outraged at

Ste Schlappi
Ste Schlappi

People need to get over it. Who, out of the billions of people in the world, many of whom are sick, cold, thirsty, hungry, or without shelter, could never care less about this stuff?

Jakob Stagg
Jakob Stagg

It's her time and money. As long as we don't have to rescue her, who gives rip?


Maybe it would have been too depressing to see all the bodies littering the trails.

Shane Richard
Shane Richard

Using a helicopter to skip a part of the mountain because you are unable to make the ascent is the same as using the little electric cart at Wal-Mart when there is nothing really wrong with you... you're just to lazy to walk or in this case climb. If she did it for herself then I guess she has all the reward she is going to get... cause this will never be accepted as a true accomplishment by the climbing community. 

Joseph Marin
Joseph Marin

It's a mountain for christs sake why is everyone getting riled up about it? Sure there was the incident a few weeks back but she'd rather take a safer method than risk joining them in the icefall. Give the lady a break.

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

The Seven Summits are easy compared to the Second Seven, the second highest peaks on each continent.  K2 is much harder than Everest and Logan is harder than Denali (McKinley).  Nice accomplishment, but it sounds harder than it is in actuality, more impressive to those who know less.

Just a question of how long the right period of time is to mourn the dead, a day, a week, a climbing season or should the Southeast Ridge be permanently closed because of the most recent deaths on the Khumbu Icefall? We all mourn differently, who decides?

Sabrina Messenger
Sabrina Messenger

I wonder if the criticism would've been as harsh if a man had did it?

Rolf Hawkins
Rolf Hawkins

The Sherpas were a people and survived long before foreigners began hiring them for labor when climbing their mountains. They know the risks just as well as a race car driver knows the risks; he doesn't need to race either. A diver knows the risks; he doesn't have to dive either. The Sherpas don't need mountain climbers to continue to survive.

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

If you want to be a purist, I suppose you would have to start somewhere at sea level, hike to the base of the mountain - then climb the mountain. Taking an airplane to Nepal would be cheating.

Petr Cunderlik
Petr Cunderlik

I think that a main difficultness of reaching the summit of Everest doesn´t lean on getting over the Khumbu icefall... although it is an important and a challenging part of a route. Some people may see her decisions as a stupid, dangerous, disrespectfull etc. but as Charles Bukowski said: "The world belongs to those who doesn't s***"

Jonathan Chang
Jonathan Chang

Yeah.. not worth the title of climbing the mountain. But she still proved that she had the skills and was capable of climbing at Mt Everest altitude. Most of us staring at computer screens won't even survive an hour up there :\

jody johnson
jody johnson

I am surprised that so many people will completely ignore that Ms. Wang actually climbed and descended the tip of Everest at NIGHT! Damn! Skipping the deadly and technically irrelevant Khumu icefall does not diminish her accomplishment in any way. Having her ascent certified by the Everest climbing authorities makes that issue moot for her couch potato critics. 


I am pleased that Everest is being climbed again from the Nepal side. Shirpas have families to support too. I am also secretly proud that it was a woman who picked up the mantle again. Climbing Everest is an amazing feat of strength and endurance. Maybe now we can forgive the dead and offer them the respect they deserve by choosing to live. 

David Witcraft
David Witcraft

I don't see how she's any more narcissistic than the rest of the people who pay exorbitant sums to risk their lives to climb a rock. I guess they value their lives and the the love of their family and friends who might have to grieve for the so little, that climbing a rock is more important.


I read the reports off Everest every year and the body count with horror. How could their lives be worth so little?

Crow Knows
Crow Knows

Self indulgent narcissism at its finest. "Not only did I buy my way up the mountain, I bought an article in National Geographic!"

Paul Scutts
Paul Scutts

Obviously there is a lot of anger being expressed over the accomplishment of this person. Is it justified? In my opinion, no. All mountain climbers know the risks. They chose to take them. Would the climbers killed want the whole operation closed down? IMO no. Is the resentment being expressed towards her because she is a women who is now worth a lot of money? IMO yes. I say good luck to her and I say to those of you who are expressing your prejudice towards this person you are skin deep and easily influenced.

P C
P C

Was this woman really deserving of this very long fluff piece? 

Hijohnhello Hello
Hijohnhello Hello

Even if you want to say she climbed the mountain, National Geographic is sure trying hard to carry her baggage.

Hijohnhello Hello
Hijohnhello Hello

Is she a major stock-holder in National Geographic or did she donate directly to the editors for the fluff piece?

Chip Brown
Chip Brown

@Sue Spaulding Fixed. Thank you for pointing it out.

m c
m c

@Stephen Robinson Yeah, I coouldn't afford to go to Nepal, either, let alone have a helicopter come and get me past the hardest part of the climb... something that real climbers will have to just, well, climb on over.


Penelope Shepherd
Penelope Shepherd

@Shane Richard Um, wasn't it impossible... Not that she couldn't do it, but that it was literally not going to happen. Plus, I'm sure many advised that she not, quite literally, walk over the bodies of the dead. At least that's how I read it. Also, I believe it said this was her third time climbing Everest. So, it's not as if she had never been able to complete the whole journey. 

Maria T
Maria T

@Joseph Marin Well, I guess she would take a "Yellow Cab",during the New York Marathon Run to get ahead for the Win" and that would be okay? ;(

Jon C
Jon C

@Sabrina Messenger Absolutely would have been. Using a helicopter to bypass the Khumbu? She was guided up around 7,500' with supplemental oxygen and fixed ropes. In the realm of mountain climbing, it's the equivalent of going for an evening stroll with your poodle. If it was an American male who had done the same thing, he would have been laughed out of the climbing community.

Jon C
Jon C

@jody johnson 7,500' vertical on moderate terrain with supplemental oxygen, guides and fixed ropes is not a feat... not even close. 

Danny Ouyang
Danny Ouyang

@jody johnson Whatever you say, she did not climb it fully using legitimate means. It is also a highly questionable decision (i.e. money was paid) as to why the Nepalese awarded her the official certificate even though she basically cheated.

Hendrik Smith
Hendrik Smith

@jody johnson I would hesitate to call the Khumbu Icefall irrelevant if you want to climb everest from the south. It is a part of the route. I would not claim to have climbed a route if I had to be airlifted over a section because I could not do it. If you want to claim an ascent of any route on any mountain then do it by fair means, every single pitch. And if you think her descent of the ridge down to the south col is amazing, go and read the account by Stephen Venables who, after the first ascent of the Kangshung face on everest had to bivvy up on the ridge above the south col. Or read the account of the Messner brothers on Nanga parbat. 

Ding Bat
Ding Bat

Why glorify achievements of money, Nat Geo? Some incredible, low budget, mountaineering accomplishments going on under the general radar by truly amazing individuals.

Penelope Shepherd
Penelope Shepherd

@Hijohnhello Hello I thought it was a legitimate piece of journalism. Very interesting, especially since she is one of few to make it to the summit this year regardless of how she completed the task. 

m c
m c

@Penelope Shepherd Yet that (walk over the bodies of the dead) is what countless others have done, and will do in the future.
Gotta be nice to be rich enough to hire the cooks, and "entitled" enough to BUY the certificate from Nepal.

Mingma Sherpa
Mingma Sherpa

@Maria T @Danny Ouyang@jody johnsonDo you even know why was this issue raised? There were thousands of climbers who had paid money for their expedition to climb Everest and since (as they say) Sherpa's abandoned climbing Everest, they all had to cancel their expeditions. Now, where did all their payments go??? To the expedition operators. You guys are arguing for small things while missing out the bigger picture. 

The expedition operators raised this issue so that they could hide all the expedition money of their clients and also so that people like you would go blabbering senselessly.

A small analgoy: Everyday people die in Bus/car accidents, doesn't mean you dont ride it, do you?

Similarly, many people lost their lives not only in Mt Everest, but also in Annapurna, K2 and many other mountains but you still climb them. 

So, this is all just propaganda and nothing else.

Of course, I am utterly gutted regarding the avalanche tragedy but thats nature and you gotta face it.

Mingma Sherpa
Mingma Sherpa

@Jon C I think Sir Edmund used a guide to take him to the summit of Everest. Also an oxygen. Do you suggest that all climbers climb without oxygen, guides and fixed ropes? If they do use it, isnt it valid? 

Mingma Sherpa
Mingma Sherpa

@Danny Ouyang @jody johnson @Danny Ouyang@jody johnsonDo you even know why was this issue raised? There were thousands of climbers who had paid money for their expedition to climb Everest and since (as they say) Sherpa's abandoned climbing Everest all had to cancel their expeditions. Now, where did all their payments go?? To the expedition operators. You guys are arguing for small things while missing out the bigger picture. 

The expedition operators raised this issue so that they could hide all the expedition money of their clients and also so that people like you would go blabbering senselessly.

A small analgoy: Everyday people die in Bus/car accidents, doesn't mean you dont ride it, do you?

Similarly, many people lost their lives not only in Mt Everest, but also in Annapurna, K2 and many other mountains but you still climb them. 

So, this is all just propaganda and nothing else.

Todd Brown
Todd Brown

@Danny Ouyang @jody johnson How do you define not fully climbed?  The High Pointers Club of the United States only stipulates you have to stand on the summit, and not how you got there.  Mount Washington in New Hampshire is one of the easier states because while you can climb up Tuckerman or take the AT, the easiest way is to drive the Auto Road and walk a couple hundred yards to the summit.

If you want give Wang Jing an asterisk for flying over an unsafe zone, but she still climbed most of the mountain and reached the summit.

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