One year ago today, 16 #Sherpa were…
One year ago today, 16 #Sherpa were tragically killed in the #Khumbu
#Icefall on #Everest. It was a day that should have sparked more change than it has, more deep and meaningful conversation, reflection, and sould searching than perhaps has occurred. But, by in large, things seem to continue in the same way on the mountain, just as they did after the deaths in 1996, in 2001, in 2010, etc. We humans are often slow to learn from our mistakes, reticent to accept the lessons our individual and collective histories teach us through blood and tears. But, there is good news and good options. @davidcmorton and @melissaarnot started the Juniper Fund, which distributes badly needed funds to the families of deceased Sherpa killed in the line of duty. And, Ben Ayers and the dZi Foundation work hard every day to better the lives of Nepalis – Sherpa, #Tamang, #Rai, #Limbu, and others – hopefully undermining the desperate need to work in the mountains. Hoping today, and every day, for a safe, productive, and positive season for all my friends, colleagues, and others on Everest this spring. In this photo, Ngawang crosses one of many massive crevasses in the Khumbu Icefall in 2002.