Vitaliy M. wrote:IIt makes me sick that they (news articles etc) call the other team members simply as 'Sherpas.' Everyone has a name [...]but those individuals are just 'Sherpas.' What the hell?
Not that I want to split hairs, but Sherpa is
OK, it's a bit more complicated than this (check http://www.sherpakyidug.org/sherpa/sherpa_facts.asp#Q:%20Do%20all%20Sherpas%20use%20"Sherpa"%20as%20their%20surname?
), but roughly most (almost all) Sherpas use "Sherpa" as their surname, as for example people in the US are mostly called Black, White, Green, Brown or Pink.
Obviously, the given name takes all its importance to differenciate each other, such as "Blanca Brown", "Bruno White" or "Rose Pink"... What a colourful world!
For the rest, I fully agree with you, western media often sadly treat mountaineers' achievements (or deaths) in a different way depending on where you come from. This bias is actually not only present in western media, and not only concerning Sherpa, and not only mountaineering... But that's something for the off route forum...
Fletch wrote:but I'm guessing that other than Bruno maybe, not too many folks on this forum have a keyboard in Sherpa
I'm probably one of the few at SP not to have a Sherpa keyboard, since English/American keyboard is indeed the same as Sherpa keyboard. My keyboard has a lot of bizarre ~'`"^
you may wonder about.
Sherpa language, though derivated from Tibetan language, used to be mainly an oral language, and the roman alphabet is the most common way of writing Sherpa words, and English speakers do use the same keyboard as on Sherpa computers.
Anyway, congrtulations to all 6: Nuru, Sandy, Rangduk, Rick, Zarok and Cathy!