"A Sherpa working above Base Camp on Everest is... more than three and a half times as likely to perish than an infantryman during the first four years of the Iraq war... There’s no other service industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients.
"Reinhold Messner... had harsh words for mountaineers who want it both ways. “Climbers who cross ladders set by Sherpas at the Khumbu Icefall,” he told the crowd, “then go up without ropes and claim to be special are parasites.”
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