/ NEWS: Everest Video Double Bill - Kenton Cool
Penba voices his concerns over safety on Everest, the lack of experience of many of the climbers, and also the attitudes toward risk.
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"Climbers actually say, "I've paid $50,000. You are here to work for me, and you have to accompany me," in response to such suggestions.
So then I have to put my life at risk and continue the climb because of the client's insistence."
Surely every client will at some point eventually back down after meeting a consistent wall of authority saying 'you are going no further'. If someone decides to up and go on by themselves despite hearing those warnings, how much responsibility does the company/ Sherpa have from that point onwards?
"Also, the mountain itself is losing its value.
Just about everyone seems to want to climb it by paying a Sherpa who will ensure reaching the summit."
Is this a hint that the people themselves who rely upon the income generated from high altitude work would like to see a rise in 'alpine style' or unsupported attempts? Is it ethical to deny people work as a result of attempting a route or summit in a 'clean' fashion?
The first video seemed the exact opposide. Corporate sponsorship for a stunt to promote a corporately sponsored event. That ascent should have had value. Instead it had a price.
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