“On April 18, an avalanche on Mount Everest swept through a line of Sherpas preparing the climbing route for their commercial clients. Sixteen men were killed, making it the deadliest day in the mountain’s history.
We are a group of ten photographers who have worked extensively with the Sherpa people and are devastated by this tragedy. For us, this is a moment to ask how we can help our Sherpa friends—both in this time of crisis and in the years to come. As a first step, we are donating the prints you see here, a selection of our photographs of the Everest region and its people, curated by our editors, National Geographic’s Sadie Quarrier and Outside’s Amy Silverman. One-hundred percent of proceeds from this sale (after the cost of printing) will go to the Sherpa community via the nonprofit Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, which has been working with Sherpa climbers in the Khumbu since 2003.
By purchasing a print today, you are helping provide relief to Sherpa families in crisis, as well as long-term support that transcends this single incident. Together, we will build a more comprehensive safety net for the high-altitude workers who help so many Westerners realize their dreams of the summit.”
There is possibly nobody that is more badass and deserving of respect than Sherpas. http://t.co/R4A8Y7Qq6j
— Monty McKeever (@montymckeever) April 27, 2014
Everest’s Sherpas fear for livelihood after killer avalanche (The Guardian)
Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest (National Geographic)
Deaths on Everest Put Spotlight on Sherpa Labor (Newsweek)
Deadliest Day: Sherpas Bear Everest’s Risks (The New York Times)