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Everest: It’s Complicated

UIAA: Episode 3

Everest: It’s Complicated

Ahead of the 2024 Everest Climbing Season, Mountain Voices shines a spotlight on the world’s highest, most iconic and debated mountain. It is the 100th anniversary of Mallory and Irvine’s fated last attempt to climb Everest. They’ve come to define that heroic post first world war period of exploration in their experimental oxygen sets and (by our standards) primitive clothing.

What would define the present age? The age of commercialisation? A trophy achievement for rich individuals with limited climbing experience, blindly sliding up a rope fixed by teams of Sherpas? Is climbing Everest actually an achievement? And what is the current situation for the sherpas who support every climb? Opinions come from three expert figures:

Ed Douglas the author of numerous books on Everest and the Himalayan region including the biography of Tenzing Norgay, Chomolungma Sings the Blues: Travels Round Everest and Himalaya: A Human History.

Victor Saunders is a UIAGM guide who’s led numerous ascents around the world. His 1st ascents include Panch Chuli V and Golden Pillar of Spantik. His most recent was Sersank in 2016. Victor’s books have won prizes in Canada France and England. he’s a former president of the Alpine Club, and has made six ascents of Everest.

Young Hoon Oh, is a Korean climber and anthropologist. He has made four attempts on Mt Everest, three of which were to do with his ethnographic research and he summited in 2012. He’s also lived among Nepali for two years and he’s a contributory author of Other Everests: One mountain, many worlds, a scholarly book published in 2023.

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Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/.../everest.../id1730892794...

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3hmSduLcyeTZsYy2LiFYcC

Acast: https://shows.acast.com/65ca317b.../65f9b9234876ab001670e642

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