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Race Row on Mount Everest: Sherpas Square Off Against Racist Western Climbers
The documentary ‘Sherpa’ captures an intense battle between Sherpas and entitled Western climbers—including one very racist American.

When disaster struck Mount Everest in 2014, an unprecedented avalanche wiped out 16 Sherpas but left dozens of wealthy Western climbers untouched. Mourning evolved into a Sherpa strike, and deep-rooted tensions erupted after more than half a century bubbling below the surface.

Who better to showcase the racial standoff than a privileged white American?



1. Footprint on The Moon, 1969

Astronaut Neil Armstrong  was the first man to set foot on the moon. Broadcasted for the world to see Armstrong’s famous words were: “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

2. Hubble Ultra Deep Field, 2003

The Hubble telescope captured the deepest image of the universe in history. In it you can see the oldest galaxies in the world, which were formed 13 billion years ago.

3. Tenzing Norgay On Everest’s Summit, 1953

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and his friend Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. They spent less than half an hour at the top recording evidence of their achievement. 

4. Glimpsing The Versailles Signing, 1919

As the treaty to end World War I, The Treaty of Versailles was a complete disaster. With monumental flaws influenced by bitterness, it placed full responsibility of the war on Germany. Germany paid extremely high reparations until 2010. 

5. The Burning Monk, 1963

Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk set himself on fire to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. 

6. Alternate View Of Tiananmen Square, 1989

The Tiananmen Square protests anxiously seek safety, except for one man who stays still as the tanks approach him. Holding some grocery bags, you can see he was not an activist, but an ordinary person with courage.

7. The Fifth Solvay Conference, 1927

The Solvay Conference of 1927 became the most famous because it had gathered the world’s most important scientists to discuss quantum physics. Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, Niels Bohr and more were in attendance. 

8. The Sun Setting On Mars, 2005

The Mars Rover Spirit took this incredible picture of a Martian sunset. Notice the hues of blue due are created by the dust in the atmosphere and the reddish color is accentuated by fine particles in the air. 

9. Nagasaki, 20 Minutes After, 1945

The United States dropped an atomic bomb, codename “Fat Man” over Nagasaki, a Japanese city. Killing an estimated 40,000 people on impact, the scene was completely pulverized and tragic. 

10. The Last Public Execution By Guillotine, 1939

After this pictures was taken, Eugen Weidmann, found guilty of murder and theft, became the last man who was publicly executed in France.



Francys Arsentiev was the first woman to make it to the summit of Mount Everst without the aid of bottled oxygen. Sadly, she never made it down alive. On 24 May, 1998, she became separated from husband, Sergei Arsentiev, while they were descending Mount Everest. What happened next is shady, but what is known is that another climbing group discovered her seemingly lifeless body. It appeared as though she had fallen and had become victim to the elements. She was semi-conscious and couldn’t move on her own. “Don’t leave me here to die” she begged them. They attempted to carry her but when they became too fatigued, they left her alone on the mountain. When her husband, Sergei, noticed she was missing, he went back in an attempt to find her. It was the last time he was seen alive. His body wasn’t found until the following year - he had fallen and died while attempting to rescue his wife. Francys was last seen alive by another two climbers, Ian Woodall and Cathy O'Dowd, the following day. They knew they couldn’t successfully carry her down Mount Everest, so they left her to die where they found her after comforting her for a while. Riddled with guilt for leaving her to die, they returned eight years later to find her body and enshrine it in an an American flag, which can be seen above.

Creepiest place is Mount Everest. One of the worst things about scaling Mount Everest, besides the lack of oxygen & hellish conditions, are the dead bodies everywhere. Over 200 people have died in the attempt, and most are still there. The same conditions that make it so dangerous to survive the climb also help preserve the dead bodies. Recovering the dead would be a dangerous and expensive risk. Often the bodies are used as landmarks.