Climb Everest in 2016 / 17 / 18 etc with 4 times summiteer Tim Mosedale

Everest Expedition via South Col 2016 / 2017 / 18 / 19 etc

Friday, 9 May 2014

My first hate mail - which I thought I'd posted previously but just found in my 'saved' folder.

Whoa! Just received my first hate mail. Well not exactly hate but certainly a bit of a rant with a slightly menacing undertone.

There have been a few people (4) who have written short comments and disagreed with what I have written over the past week or so, but this is on a different level. Everyone is entitled to their opinion aren't they?

Most replies or comments have been from people who have understood where I'm trying to come from and that I am trying to be objective about a very sensitive issue.

Obviously it's very difficult to be impartial when you're involved in the expedition business and looking for a favourable outcome - but I have tried my hardest. And without disregarding the tragedy I am trying to report the situation and events 'post accident'. Admittedly post accident issues have arisen as a result of the accident, but no one could foresee where it was going until it was way too late (and it pretty much all happened in a week).

I'm not trying to disregard the tragedy or gloss over the terrible loss. Indeed I knew a couple of the Sherpas who died and am deeply saddened by their loss and the loss and suffering their families are enduring.

What I find particularly saddening is that in the aftermath Sherpa has turned on Sherpa, sides have been taken and threats, ominous, insidious, threats have been used to force those who want to work to accede to the will of those who don't, or who would use the tragic circumstances to their own political ends.

Anyway back to the rant I received ... apparently The Sherpas wouldn't need the climbers, mountaineers and trekkers to sponsor their children if the Sherpas were able to directly negotiate with the government. Which is, of course, absolute tosh. There is no social welfare system. Without peak permit fees and tourism there wouldn't be a pot of money. And The Sherpas wouldn't have a job. In which case they would be even more reliant on the sponsorship that they receive. Except there wouldn't be any one here to meet them, engage with them and give generously - not out of guilt or misguided loyalty but as a gesture from one human being who realises how lucky they are to another human being or family who has made an impression. It's not some sort of post British empire guilt trip.

Ah, stuff it, here's the letter in entirety. I hope it provides you with as much joy as it did me!

"I've read a few of your blog posts and saw the interview on the BBC.

It baffles me how the climbing community doesn't understand why politicization is part of things.

16 bodies, no matter from where, are worth more than your conquer and divide British pounds. You sound like a descendent of Thatcher.

Let them have the year. Maybe English people - so well known for lack of feeling - only need 4 days to grieve, but others need a lot longer.

You're turning lives into a business deal.

Go home. If the Sherpas could negotiate directly with their government they might not "need' you to sponsor their children and pay school fees.

The world doesn't need Great Britain's charity. Most of us are still trying to pick up the pieces from all the wars, bloodshed and problems that the English have caused. The politeness doesn't fool anyone. The Sherpas need to work as a unit at this time. And you need to clear the way to do so. It's not about you or your ego to summit again.

There are 3 communities that disgust me in India, Nepal and environ.
1. The drug addicts
2. The enlightenment-in-a-weekend seekers
3. The climbers. Who as those who in the supposed benign imposition think they hurt no one, are starting to cause the greatest hurt of all.

Shame on you and your company. I would banish you for the rest of this lifetime.
Shame.

Devi Singh"


So, dear readers, there it is. We're all guilty for being born where we've been born and therefore by association are guilty for all the horrible things our ancestors did. Any amends that we might be making in the present day aren't acts of generosity but acts of penitence.

And for the record I wasn't suggesting that 4 days after the serac fall that we ought to be back on the mountain. I don't know what timescale would have been acceptable because different people grieve in different ways and need different amounts of time.

But having chatted on the trek out with lodge owners and Sherpa friends and families they all agree that the outcome is really bad for the region for this season and possibly years to come.

So, yes, I'm going home but not in shame.


8 comments:

  1. You are 100% right, TIM.
    The person you just replied to seems to be an idealistic armchair revolutiner who has ZERO knowledge of what went at Everest bc...

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    1. Hi Damien, thanks for the comment and glad you agree. Cheers - T

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  2. Not sure what it is about Everest that brings such polarized emotions. I have also received "feedback", my favorite one called me a "murderer" and I wasn't even there :) Got to love diversity ...

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    1. Hi Alan (and Mark),

      Thanks for the feedback and for reading. I wasn't that fussed to be honest and thought it was so far off the scale that it was worth rising to the challenge this time. Thankfully I don't get much of this and I certainly haven't ever been accused of being a murderer! Like you said it's often worth hitting delete and not bothering with this stuff. But I was pleased to see that the general consensus on FB was 'what a dick!'

      Cheers guys - Tim

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  3. Hi Tim,

    I've had a few like this as well. The best way to react is to hit the delete key and move on. They rarely come back if you ignore them. Only worth dealing with if they're repeat offenders who keep making a nuisance of themselves.

    You need a thick skin if you're going to publish anything these days, but keep it up. It's good to have people like you who are prepared to voice an opinion. Most of the other operators have been keeping quiet for fear of upsetting anyone.

    Regards,
    Mark.

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    1. Hi Mark (and Alan),

      Thanks for the feedback and for reading. I wasn't that fussed to be honest and thought it was so far off the scale that it was worth rising to the challenge this time. Thankfully I don't get much of this and I certainly haven't ever been accused of being a murderer! Like you said it's often worth hitting delete and not bothering with this stuff. But I was pleased to see that the general consensus on FB was 'what a dick!'

      Cheers guys - Tim

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  4. Tim, unfortunately, when on reads statements, like this, no wonder the up is upside down, as in D. Singh's cirtique:
    http://thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=Wang+Jing+the+toast+of+Khumbu&NewsID=416064
    Chinese propaganda or blind idealism, reality and truth in this whole mess are like this now: "pigs are cows and cows are pigs", as Arundhati Roy once wrote.
    Devi Singh cleraly demonstrates she has no idea of what went and still goes on, and no idea of what the expedition-mountaineering world is about. I'm myself very hard on our own civilization and what we, first the Europeans, and then the Americans, have done to indigenous people all over the world. My last book's title is THE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF THE WEST.
    But to equal Himalayan mountaineering expeditions in the 21st century with colonialism is nothing but biased demagogy. And Lord Shiva knows Nepal does not need more cheap, maipulating populism of that kind.
    Damien

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  5. FIRST SENTENCE IS:
    Tim, unfortunately, when one reads statements like this, no wonder the world is upside down, as in D. Singh's cirtique

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