Climber, author, environmentalist to share honor with Joan Baez and Robert Redford.
Saying climbing has nothing to do with politics is like saying science had nothing to do with putting a man on the moon.
"I was completely detached from the world below. There was nothing but climbing. No goal, no future, no past. I was climbing in the here and now. One swing of the ice axe after the other, one step after the other."
On March 24, Mingma Sherpa and his 12-member expedition team stood on the summit of Annapurna (8,091 meters; 26,545 feet)—the tenth highest and most dangerous mountain in the world. Two of those climbers wouldn’t make it back down.