The Chinese sportswear entrepreneur who supposedly summited Mount Everest, has admitted that she took a helicopter ride from the base camp to the Camp 2 to avoid risks.
Wang Jing, 41, cofounder and owner of the domestic outdoor sportswear manufacturer Toread, finally acknowledged accusations, admitting that she in fact took a helicopter to fly from the base camp at 5,364 meters in altitude to Camp 2 at 6,400 meters since the traditional icefall route was struck by an avalanche that had killed 16 Nepalese supporting staff and guides on April 18.
“The Sherpas (guides) have great mental pressure and they were reluctant to step into that place,” China Daily quoted Wang as she was saying while explaining the decision to take a helicopter.”I knew our decision could discount the climbing efforts. However, I would like to accept the losses for the sake of safety,” she said.
According to the Himalayan Times,
Nepal Mountaineering Association Chairman Ang Tshering Sherpa asked the government not to authorize her ascent, saying such a practice dishonored the mountaineering norms and ethics. “Climbing should be done walking step-by-step from the base camp,” he said.
Reports quoted Chinese Mountaineering Association also saying that it would be ridiculous if the Nepali tourism authorities granted her a certificate of reaching the summit.
Perhaps ToRead can add Apache Helicopters to their ‘climbing gear’ inventory.
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By Daniel Zhang