TNB: Everest Sherpas No Longer Willing to “Grin and Bear It”
In the past, sherpas have worked brutally hard for low pay and practically no benefits. For years they have fixed rope —the “yellow brick road”—to the summit and carried massive loads, and when tragedy struck they quietly buried their dead. But after the avalanche of April 18, the sherpas threatened a work stoppage and issued a list of demands. Now it looks as if most expeditions have abandoned the mountain. It would also appear that the sherpas have finally had enough of the inequity.