The Sherpa view of climbing is very different from the western view.
JTN: We believe that mountains are where the gods live, especially Everest. Before we climb, we perform religious ceremonies to ask God for permission and safe passage. Sherpas don’t have any interest in climbing mountains. Mostly they climb as a necessity, to make money. But the Western world looks at Everest as another rock and says, “Wow, this is the highest mountain. Let’s go conquer it.” You don’t conquer Everest. You go on Everest just as if you are crawling into your mother’s lap.