Wednesday, June 03, 2009

First Photos from Everest

blogdai is a proud supporter of Pemba Dorje Sherpa. Pemba and his brothers summited Chomolungma this May 19, but failed to stay atop the worlds highest peak for 24 hours as planned. Apparently, weather drove them down after 2 hours.

The first available photos of Pemba Dorje Sherpa at the summit of Everest sent exclusively to blogdai. So piss off you spoiled brat white American climbers.

Pemba, as you all remember, holds the worlds speed record for climbing Everest at just over 8 hours. He was attempting to bring the symbols of each of the world's major religions to the summit and pray during this record attempting period. Pity, but no sadness is required. Pemba will do it again. In fact, there are probably 100 active climbing Sherpas who could conceivably attempt world record type feats on Everest. Insanely strong people, these Sherpas, with an insanely high hematocrit.

As a blogdai friend, our first words from Pemba indicated that his two brothers were getting sick at camp II and that the endurance record would not be attempted. Still Pemba acheived his 10th summit of Sagarmatha: no failure in any human's opinion.

MEMO TO CHINA: Have a look at these pictures. This is what a real, non-simulated summit looks like. Cloud and mountain references in the background. Tibetans and Sherpas don't need your phony Olympic torch ceremony to get them up the mountain; they were born for this and find your politics distasteful. More on this later as blogdai is beginning to boil at the topic.

Anyway, Pemba says a direct "thank you" to all who've supported this effort. Peace and Namaste to all



At 5:31 PM, June 04, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in God's name did you get these photos so quickly? You must have been on site?

At 2:07 PM, June 05, 2009, Blogger Linda LeBlnc said...

To learn more about the Sherpas of the Mt. Everest region, read Beyond the Summit by Linda LeBlanc. Sherpas are the true heroes of Everest. Without their assistance, very few would reach the summit. Details of Sherpa culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. The story has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an expedition from the porter’s point of view.

Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to

Beyond the Summit, is the rare gem that shows us the triumphs and challenges of a major climb from the porter’s point of view. The love of two people from diverse cultures is the fiery centerpiece of a novel that leads its readers through harshly beautiful and highly dangerous territory to the roof of the world. Malcolm Campbell, book reviewer

Conflict and dialog keep this gripping story of destiny, romance and adventure moving from the first page to the last paragraph. LeBlanc has a genius for bonding her readers and her characters. I found I was empathizing in turn with each character as they faced their own personal crisis or trauma.
Richard Blake for Readers Views.

A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest.

A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there.

This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
– John (college professor)

Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialog. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

Such vividly depicted images of the Everest region and the Sherpa people are the perfect scenario for the romance and adventure feats narrated. It’s a page-turner, so engrossing you end up wanting to visit Nepal! Not just novel, but perfect for those seeking to get acquainted with the culture of this country.
By Claudia Fournier (América, Bs. As., Argentina)

Available through Barnes and Noble, Borders,,, and the web site

At 6:01 PM, June 05, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

B'dai I find the difference in these photos to be strikingly unlike those Chinese photos you presented, mate.
This Sherpa bloke is clearly at summit as you can just make out the cloud line underneath. Oh, and there is nothing, no big slope above him like in the other photos. The Chins Olympic attempt was nothing but staged propaganda. Nice work and keep it up.
Greetings from Canberra------we love you down under.

At 6:16 PM, June 05, 2009, Blogger blogdai said...

Gee thanks Linda for your unabashed self-promoting post. Generally we at blogdai do not allow such bald-faced promotion but any book on Sherpa culture deserves a blogdai plug--regardless of the fact that, post Hillary, the Sherpas are the most prosperous people in Nepal. But, "always be a student" I say.

To our readers: this is by no means a recommendation of this book or the aims of "Linda LeBlanc."
Blogdai has, in fact, read excerpts of this "novel" and found it biased and not at all true to the spirit and essence of Sherpa culture.

So, if you want to fatten Linda's pocket with cash, give the book a try. It speaks volumes here that Ms. LeBlanc feels no need to comment appropriately on our story but rather use our forum for a cheap commercial.

She is part of the Western climbing culture and as such, has spent a lot of time with arrogant pricks. Her posting style here reflects this.

Good luck to Linda and her self-absorbed sense of entitlement. May you one day return to our site with something more insightful than your naked merchandising efforts.


6:14 PM, June 05, 2009

At 6:30 AM, May 20, 2010, Blogger deepesh said...

As i am photographer from Nepal, i'm proud to see photos from Everest and really like the pic....
realy thank you blog dai


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