Now we are hearing the “Fight on Everest” story from the horse’s mouth. Uli Steck, the Swiss climber who was violently attacked by a mob of 100 Sherpas, has been interviewed by Outside Magazine. All 3 professional European climbers involved in this Everest Fight (Ueli Steck, Jon Griffith, Simone Moro) are going home without attempting the summit of Everest.
This interview is obviously very one sided. After hearing Ueli’s version of the story, we definitely need to hear the Sherpas’ side of the story.
You’ve gotta read this interview by Outside Magazine. Here’s a couple excerpts from the interview:
Outside Magazine “Brawl on Everest: Ueli Steck Story” Excerpts:
What did happen?
They had big rocks and I think the leader was in front. I went to say something but couldn’t because I got punched in the face and hit in the head with a rock. – Ueli Steck
What was your reaction?
When I got punched, I was like, fuck, do I fight back? But with 100 people, if you fight back it will make it worse. I just hoped they wouldn’t punch too hard. But when you get hit with a rock, you know they’re just trying to kill you. – Ueli Steck
How did this go from 17 Sherpas to 100? Were they all at Camp 2?
Yes, and this is exactly the point that is really scary. There was absolutely no control. Imagine 17 people, talking some bullshit, I don’t know what they told them, but in two hours there are 100 people trying to kill three people. This is insane and totally unacceptable. – Ueli Steck
Outside Magazine’s Detailed Interview with Ueli Steck Covers:
– The days of tension leading up to the fight
– The events the occurred that spurred the fight
– The fight details themselves
– Who was trying to stop the fight and what happened to them (rock to the head)
– The “Peace Treaty” signed by all parties afterwards
– The aftermath of the fight on Everest
– Why Uli and the other climbers left Everest without attempting the summit
It’s nearly impossible to understand the story as most of us have never been to Everest nor felt the tension between Sherpas and pro climbers above 22,000 feet on the world’s highest stage. Ueli Steck’s interview in Outside Magazine allows to at least see one side of the story.
What do you think? Is Ueli telling it straight? Is there more to this story?