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Khumbu notes: Remembering Scott Fischer on Everest

Khumbu notes: Remembering Scott Fischer on Everest

Author: Guest Writer/Monday, April 25, 2016/Categories: environment, adventure

                           Mount Everest as seen from Kala Pattar  (credit: Scott Fischer)

Brent Bishop is a mountaineer, conservationist, businessman, and writer. He is a friend and colleague of this Journal. Brent is currently in Nepal leading an expedition to Mount Everest. He took time during his trek into the Khumbu to stop, remember, and honor Scott Fischer who died in 1996 while guiding climbers down from the summit. Brent offered these thoughts on his friend and fellow mountaineer. Scott Fischer provided us with the Everest photopraph he took from Kala Pattar in 1994 (above). The Editors

Remembering Scott Fischer by Brent Bishop:

I’m on the way to Everest and when trekking up the Khumbu, I always stop at Scott Fischer’s memorial to share a beer with my friend. It’s a time of reflection and sadness. I've been thinking of Scott lately and the unfair portrayal in the recent Hollywood movie, Everest. This was not the Scott we knew and loved.

By 1996, Scott had already established himself firmly in the pantheon of American Himalayan climbers---the first American ascent of Lhotse in 1989, followed by K2 in 1992, Everest in 1994, and Broad Peak in 1995. I had the privilege to climb Everest with Scott and he climbed with impeccable style and without oxygen. Only a few climbers can truly claim to have reached the Top of the World in such a manner. While on K2, Scott was instrumental in saving the life of Rob Hall's partner Gary Ball. Somehow the recent Everest movie forgot the indomitable force that Scott emboided and choose to fit him into a false and shallow narrative. The movie chose to sacrifice truth for fiction with Scott's depiction. Scott's legacy deserves more than this inaccurate portrayal. It is unfair to those who climbed with him, to those who counted him as a friend, and most importantly, to his family.


Scott on Everest Summit in '94 without oxygen and in impeccable style. (credit: Brent Bishop)


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