by Jeff Messner
I always thought Sherpas were amazing mountaineering athletes. After experiencing their culture and presence it is evident they are devoted to their immediate and extended families. They have beautiful children and homeland. They share it all with us as they devote their climbing lives to helping others summit their goals and dreams.
Kami Tenzing Sherpa – Kami was our Nepalese expedition leader. Kami guided us with a firm determination and a gentle, caring manner. He assembled an efficient and always helpful team for the trek and the best climbing Sherpa team we could have imagined. We owe Kami and all his team our special thanks for contributing so much to our success and memories.
Chhemeng Nima Sherpa – Chhemeng was our climbing lead on Lobouche and one of the world’s great climbers. He had summited Everest 19 times. “ Tragically, Chemeng was killed in an Avalanche on Baruntse the week following our expedition. Chemeng, thank you for helping the soldiers summit their goals and our prayers are with you.