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Melissa Arnot packing for her attempt at a 5th Everest summit. Shot for Outside.
Ketchum, ID (2013)
I shot Melissa for Outside in mid March, a few days before she left for Everest. She was in the news this week for breaking up a fight on the mountain between foreign climbers and a group of Sherpas. She is a total badass, but having talked with her about her relationship with different sherpas, I imagine that she is cringing at the negative and one sided story coming off the mountain. And there is a lot of wisdom in what she wrote about the incident on her blog: ”I am sad for the events of the last week. I am hopeful that the adventure ahead will be one of collaboration, support and rebuilding the relationship of trust between everyone who has chosen to be here.”
This is more attractive than anything.