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Author: Jonathan Neale


The Sherpas were not born climbers. When the British went to Everest in
1921, they hired porters. Yet by 1953 these Porters had become the famous
Tigers of the Snow. This book describes the decisive moment in the
transformation of coolies (porters and labourers) into the Sherpas as
climbing legends: the German expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1934. During
that disastrous climb, the Europeans unroped from their inexperienced
porters and fled to safety leaving them to stay on the mountain and help
each other as best they could. After this tragedy the Sherpas, with their
keen understanding of and respect for the mountains as well as their
instinct to save lives, knew they were the most responsible men on the
mountains.

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