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Readers' Comments on "I AM A TIBETAN: Tenzing Norgay"
As famous as "Ed" was, we must not forget the role that his loyal partner, Tenzing Norgay played in reaching the summit of Mount Everest, a near impossible task in 1953....
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JackK  

Location: USA
Subject: Tenzing and Hillary
Sep 06 2008 10:44 PM

In his autobiography, "Tiger of the Snows", Tenzing said, "Hillary stepped on top, and I stepped up after him." He also said, "When two men are on a rope, they are together."
Nowadays, climbing teams would probably be carefully planned to be race- or gender- or nationality-balanced. In 1953, at that moment, the best team available just happened to consist of a man of the East and a man of the West, and they reached the top of the world for the first time together.
To me, that's wonderful.
Peta  

Location: ameri
Subject: who first
Jan 24 2008 06:14 PM

Dear gaylpot,

First and formost Tenzin Norgay was a humble, extraordinary and above all a good soul.

But if I am not wrong you wrote in your own article "he said that he was a Tibetan" just to you 8 Tibetan students in private but not in front of all students. If he is so proud to be a Tibetan why didn't he it say in front of all students. I am not denying Tenzin's visit to your school.

The controversy about his nationality was not his creation but rather by Indian and Nepalese Govt. There is a saying in Tibetan "if you become rich or famous then suddenly there are flood of supposed friends and relatives pouring in from all directions".

I am citing these not from the some junks written on Internet by Tom, Dick or Harry but rather based on his own biography and documentary from national Geographics and book written by his own
son Zamling.

In the field of adventure its first that matters even if it is seconds. We hear of Neil Armstrong but not the Buzz Aldrin on that historic landing on Moon.
gyalpot  

Location: Canada
Subject: Tenzing Norgay -Reponse to peta
Jan 23 2008 09:35 PM

Dear Peta,

1. I think we can all read, without having to be rudely shouted at across the internet. Besides writing in bold capital letters does not enhance your points, rather, it comes across as annoying and obnoxious.
2. The statements you make are nothing new, and they printed in all kinds of media even on the internet if you care to google.
3. What took place at Dr. Graham’s Homes and what Tenzing Norgay said, did not take place in any secret location, nor was it whispered down a rat hole! There were several Tibetan boys with me at the time and so was our Headmaster. It would be difficult for you to claim this incident as mere fiction, since you weren’t there.
4. And again, whether Tenzing Norgay was first to summit Mount Everest or whether he was Nepalese, Indian or Tibetan, is a mute point for he has left this earth. Nevertheless, no one can take away from the fact that, he was an extraordinary man, humble and proud of his roots.
5. So, what is your point exactly?
Peta  

Location: AMERI
Subject: WHO SUMMITTED FIRST AND NATIONALITY ISSUES
Jan 22 2008 04:24 PM

IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE DEATH TENZIN NORGEY - HIS SON ZAMLING SAID IN HIS BOOK THAT TENZIN WAS A TIBETAN AND LEFT TIBET AT AN VERY AGE TO ESCAPE PUNITIVE TAX SYSTEM IN TIBET.

TENZIN NORGAY DOESN'T SAY THAT HE WAS BORN IN TIBET IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

AFTER THE ASSENT TO SUMMIT IN 1953 BOTH NEPAL AND INDIA WERE COMPETING TO CLAIM HIM AS THEIR SON. NEPALESE EVEN MADE EVEN MADE HIM TO SIGN A PAPER CLAIMING THAT HE REACHED THE SUBMIT FIRST WHICH MADE A BIT OF CONTROVERSY ANY THE BRITISH TEAM LEAD BY HUNT. THE FAMOUS SONG HAMRO TEZIN SHEPRA HEY WAS COMPOSED THEN TO FELICITATE HIM.

FINALLY BOTH HILARY AND TENZIN MADE JOINT STATEMENT THAT THEY BOTH SUMMITTED AT THE SAME TIME.

BUT AFTER THE DEATH OF TENZIN, HILARY CLAIMED HE WAS THE FIRST TO SUBMIT.

THE CONTROVERSY WHO SUMMITED FIRST IS A KNOTTY AS THE NATIONALITY OF TENZIN NORGAY.

BACK THEN NEPALESE BELITTLED HILARY IN NEPAL AND UK BELITTLED TENZIN IN UK
TseringDorje  

Location: USA
Subject: Hello Gyalpo
Jan 21 2008 06:41 AM

Hello Gyalpo,

Thanks for a great article. As your classmate at The Homes, I vaguely remember this event.

Would love to hear from you. Please get in touch with me.

Regards,
Tsering
gyalpot  

Location: Canada
Subject: I AM A TIBETAN: Tenzing Norgay
Jan 20 2008 08:08 PM

Thank you all for responding so positively to the article.
This article was not in anyway intended to take away from Sir Edmund Hillary’s greatness and humility, but to highlight some of the brash and haughty attitudes of some climbers to the “Sherpas” and to their fellow climbers. There are horror stories of climbers leaving other climbers to die on the mountain, just to be able to reach the “summit” and to save their own skins and then there was the incident on Nangpa la. There is also the question of tons of garbage left behind, including unclaimed corpses.
Has the world of climbers all gone mad, or is it just the altitude that’s made them sick in the head?
gyalpot  

Location: Canada
Subject: I AM A TIBETAN: Tenzing Norgay
Jan 20 2008 07:50 PM

Hi Kenny,
Thank you for your kind words. My email - gyalpo.tsering@gmail.com
gyalpo
bawarchi  

Location: Scotland
Subject: What memory...
Jan 17 2008 04:25 AM

Gyalpo,
I probably sat next to you when this stalwart of a man, in such a dimunitive frame, spoke, and, like you, I recall little of what he shared; however, even after all these years you so eloquently put to words what should have been one of my more defining moments - how I wish I were older!!
Been sometime, drop me a line... Kenny Hammond.
snowfire55  

Location: Greenland
Subject: The True Heroes Super Sherpas of Mountaineering
Jan 16 2008 10:10 PM

little has changed for the Sherpa and other Nepali people who climb in the high mountains. They still do the lion's share of the work - setting fixed lines, carrying tents, food, oxygen, and equipment into The Death Zone and the Khumbu Icefall - and sadly get the mouse's share of the credit for it.

For many of us, names like Edmund Hillary, Jim Whittaker, Ed Viesturs, Reinhold Messner, John Krakauer and more are common and known. But Apa Sherpa, Lhakpa Gelu, and my close friends like Man Bahadur Tamang, Danuru Sherpa, Panuru Sherpa, Karma Rita Sherpa, and others are basically unknown even though they have all climbed Everest multiple times and other 8000 meter peaks as well
Wtra  

Location: darjeeling
Subject: Yes, u are our hero.
Jan 16 2008 04:40 PM

My eyes dragged by the words in bold...I AM A TIBETAN. Gyalpola, I enjoyed while going through your writing, which was so genuine and heartwarming. I have seen people calling him Nepali although I know he is Tibetan. But by seeing your work here, I am sure our fellow readers will be aware of the truth that Tibetan nationality is not so easy to discard..
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