These are the giants whose shoulders serve as the stepping stone for westerners to become hometown heroes by summiting Mount Everest. Little consideration goes to the climbing sherpas who make sure the conditions are safe. They do the heavy lifting and take on the bulk of the risk. The sherpas are the front line and have lost friends and relatives. The westerners do it for the challenge, thrill, bragging rights, and fame. The sherpas do it because it’s the biggest paycheck available to feed their families.
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