My condolences go out to the family of the man I never knew but whose passion for the mountains I share wholeheartedly. I have walked the same trails he has and climbed in his footsteps, so I know only too well that without the help of such good, dedicated men as Ngima Grimen Sherpa success or even just survival in the mountains would be very hard for mountaineers like me. Thank you, Ngima, for dedicating a part of your life to climbers and their mountain dreams!
Rest in peace.

Rowing from Home to Home

Within the last few days I saw some Facebook posts, that a Sherpa named Ngima had passed away in a motorcycle accident. As many Sherpa share the name ‘Ngima’ I did not pay much attention until I saw his full name listed again today ‘Ngima Grimen Sherpa’. I then looked more closely and recognised his face in a photograph. I  double checked with our Everest expedition leader in 2011, Jamie McGuiness. Jamie confirmed this was the Ngima that had been with us on Everest in 2011.

I had the opportunity to get to know Ngima for a brief period only, in trying circumstances. Ngima was a climbing Sherpa on our team. I had little to do with early on in the expedition until one fateful day at the beginning of May. I contracted High Altitude Pulmonary Edema at Advanced Basecamp. It took a harrowing 11 hours that day to stagger…

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