Hillary laments Everest changes
The first man to
Everest 50 years
has said many modern climbers do not subscribe tothe true philosophy of mountaineering.
Speaking to the BBC, Sir Edmund Hillary criticised manycommercial climbers today who pay large sums of moneyto be helped to the top of the world's
peak.But he said
standards of local Sherpas hadimproved considerably as more people visited the Everestregion.Record numbers of people are
on the mountain to mark the golden anniversary of thefirst-ever ascent
29 May 1953.
Sir Edmund said
was a challenge between the mountain and the mountaineer andaccused some people of paying their way to the
.He said this was one of the most significant changes since his
with Sherpa TenzingNorgay in 1953."Having people pay $65,000 and then
up the mountain by a couple of
guides, I personally think, is
less attractive. It isn't really mountaineering at all," he said. But he was quick to concede that the vast numbers of people attracted by Everest had had spin-offsfor local people.He
schools and hospitals had been built and fresh water could now be piped to thevillages.These benefits came much more from tourism as a whole,
from mountaineering alone,Sir Edmund said."I think these are things that give the young people the opportunity to step forward and to
the harshness of their environment."
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/2938596.stmPublished: 2003/05/26 15:31:50 GMT
Sir Edmund says mountaineering has changed a lot