I'm with you on that Stich. I'm sure that both sides were agitated and attitudes were hard to control up there, but to assemble a mob with the force almost kill them was WAY over the line.
The culture of that mountain, from what I've read, makes me never want to go there. Like Moro said in his account, it seems too industrial and structured...the sherpas are controlling the mountain and trying to impose informal sanctions while they're fixing ropes? All this does is contribute to the business side of the mountain, bringing up as many clients as possible to make as much money as possible. I know it's their livelihood on the line, but the way they attract thousands of clients, by taking over the mountain and fixing ropes all over the place, is pretty bad style and takes away a lot of the spirit of the place...at least in my eyes.
Learning about Simone Moro's rescue flights, I doubt he (or the other two), have some personal vendetta against any of the sherpas and I'm sure they just wanted to squeak by the fixed lines with the least amount of intrusion. It seems like it was the sherpas who really started the conflict.
At present I'm going to give the sherpas the big thumbs down based on the accounts I read. There was absolutely no reason to throw rocks at anyone, which they clearly did.
Yeah, and if you're going to throw down (depending on which account you read, it sounds like Simone was at least partially responsible for exacerbating the tension) how about 3 on 3? Or 5 on 3? 10 on 3? I think when your group starts outnumbering the other 10 to 1 or greater and things get violent, maybe things are a little out of hand. I wonder who the big-balled "westerner" was that decided to puff up and escalate things to a physical level with what sounds to be a platoon full of pissed off sherpas ready to brawl. Sounds completely believable.
"both sides approached each other in loud discussion at which point a careless western climber who had not been involved up on the Lhotse face arrived and entangled physically with a Sherpa".
So, by this account, some guy showed up, a guy that wasn't involved with what happened on the Lhotse, and a guy that wasn't in Ueli's crew, just showed up in a tense situation, highly outnumbered, and shoved or punched a sherpa with anywhere from 30 to 80 of them standing there already pissed off. lol.
Seems at least a bit curious to me, that seemingly one action by one person that ignited the whole thing into a huge brawl would be missing the minor detail of exactly who that person is.
That's like me strolling into Harlem as a race riot is about to erupt with about 80 pissed off black gang members getting ready to pummel 3 rednecks, and I decide it's a great idea to shove one of them and take it to the next level.