By Carlos Eduardo González | Alpinismonline Magazine With the collaboration of Fernanda Insua | Alpinismonline Magazine
Special thanks for your testimonies to Damián and Willie Benegas, from Benegas Brothers Expeditions Stefan Nestler, mountaineer and German journalist of Adventure Mountain
Cover Photo: The Benegas Brothers Expeditions team near the summit of Mount Everest (Photo: Benegas Brothers Expeditions)
This year we have had to live the great campaign of the international media, which comes year after year intensifying and that for this date, logically, it is uncovered with a whole battery of condiments that leave everyone speechless, except those of us who are somewhat soaked with these things, like you, like us.
Is that we already know that this is not a matter of "now", this has been living for a few years now, with more or less condiments. Let´s take a look at the big picture. This year approximately the same number of people as in the previous year have attended the Collado Sur.
"The big difference we have had with last year, has been mainly that this year there were seven days of window against twelve of 2018," Damian Benegas tells us, director of Benegas Brothers Expeditions, trying to graph a little some of the differences that he interprets as responsible for what we have had to witness a few days ago.
At a certain moment, it is true, we, the informants, were astonished with the large number of fatal victims who were handing us, almost hours apart, the highest mountain in the world, as if plotting some kind of revenge against this parade inappropriate of impertinent people who wanted to reach the top in search of the classic "because it´s there".
A series of unfortunate events
The question of Everest is not something that can be resolved overnight. Not one year for the other, even more than that. Behind Everest there is a state and a town that in many cases subsists on the royalties that every month of April and May gives the great mountain. So, pretending to find a viable solution to this issue is inherently complex. There are many factors that must be taken into account when analyzing some type of viable solution.
But, as we can see throughout this note, the main source of the problem of what happens in Everest, and we are also going to project it to the rest of the eight-thousanders in Nepal, "is that there is no authority to enforce a regulation that It establishes what can or can not be done in these mountains. "-Willie Benegas tells us, concluding that each expedition pays a significant amount per season to a liaison officer, who is the official designated by the Ministry of Tourism of Nepal to enforce the regulation, but he is never. It only appears at the end of the season and not in the place where it should be.
In this way, each one does what he thinks, or what suits him as far as the money he has to carry out an expedition. The government itself gives permission to operate new emerging local companies, which are created by sherpas that previously served the traditional companies that work in Everest for more than twenty years.
One of the factors that have had great incidence according to Damián tells us is the large number of climbers of Indian and Chinese origin. "They are totally different cultures from ours, that of Westerners, that we do not accept certain situations that for them are absolutely normal." What do we mean by that? We refer that for them the risks are much higher than ours, the "stick" of them is higher and "fail to assimilate that this is dangerous" - notes Willie. Apart from not caring about anything other than the objective itself.
A very particular case that allows us to graph the latter is that of an Indian climber who came up with a local company and who at a certain moment was being "pushed" beyond her means, even mistreated, by her own sherpa with the sole objective of make a summit When he could not, he was just worried about getting a photo of the summit. The social and cultural pressure they suffer is shocking.
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