Remembering at Everest Base Camp
On every trek to Everest Base Camp, we climb the Lobuche Pass, with its sweeping Himalayan panoramas and string of stone chortens remembering lost climbers. Last season, our lead guide in Nepal, Dawa Nuru Sherpa, remarked that with the incessant wind and weather, Scott Fischer’s memorial was looking rather faded and that we should repaint it. Naturally I said, “Great idea!”
Scott created Mountain Madness around a passion for climbing and a commitment to empowering clients. This spring, we were pleased and honored to remember him as we cleaned and repainted his memorial. Under snow-threatening skies and in a chilly bluster of wind, we strung new prayer flags, large and small, as one of our Sherpas (who is a Buddhist lama when he’s not on the trail) recited prayers for Scott’s soul. Scott’s legacy continues throughout the world as Mountain Madness trains and guides climbers and adventurers on seven continents.
–Deana Zabaldo, Himalayan Guide