Monday, January 23, 2012

After Climbing Everest 5 Times…

It’s easy to find work in a gas station in the U.S. A story about Jinpa Sherpa who works in New York City between climbing trips in the Himalaya.

When I’m climbing, my mind is very clear and happy — it’s like meditation,’ he said. ‘You have to be focused enough to grab a tiny crack in the rock and trust it with your life, or drive your ax into the hardest spot in the ice.’

Mr. Sherpa, who has a five-year work visa, says that when the mountain finally wears out his legs and back, he will hang up his crampons, put the yaks out to pasture and, he hopes, become a full-time New Yorker. Now, however, he has an expedition booked for March, and the Sherpa of Hunts Point will go back to the Himalayas.”

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