Foreign climbers blamed for Everest brawl in new account
KATHMANDU (AFP) - A new account of a brawl on Mount Everest that emerged on Wednesday said one of the foreign climbers involved had sworn at a group of Nepalese guides and challenged them to a fight.
Climbers Ueli Steck of Switzerland and Simone Moro of Italy, accompanied by British alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith, were involved on Saturday in a bust-up with the Sherpas which has shocked the mountaineering community. The events have overshadowed the climbing season in a year when Nepal is preparing to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's highest peak.
Eyewitnesses said the European climbers ignored a request to wait while the Nepalese Sherpas rigged up ropes on the upper reaches of the mountain, sparking an argument between climbers on the Lhotse ice face.
"Simone began to shout, many of the words in Nepali language, and many of the words were inflammatory," wrote American climber Garrett Madison in an e-mail sent to Outside Magazine.