Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
BOLZANO

Everest veteran complains tourists ruining mountaineering

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Bolzano, May 29 - Fully 60 years after the first
ascent of Mount Everest, the towering peak is being overrun by
mountaineers anxious to follow in the footholds of climbing
pioneers, says a veteran of the historic 1953 expedition.
Reinhold Messner, who has participated in the Kathmandu
celebrations to mark the 1953 climb by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa
Tenzing Norgay, says the historic event was a major enterprise
"that will remain forever in the history of alpinism".
Messner is also marking the 35th anniversary of his 1978
climb with Austrian Peter Habeler, made without the help of
bottled oxygen.
That was followed by yet another landmark climb two years
later, when Messner made it to the roof of the world on a solo
climb.
But now, he feels cynical about the sport and how it has
changed as many visitors expect Sherpas to do the heavy lifting
while they cling to ropes and follow carefully set trails.
"Mountaineering that is practised today on this mountain
has nothing to do with classic mountaineering, it is rather a
tourism mountaineering," he said in an interview with ANSA.

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