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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.”
I want everything in this picture
I want all the gear
This woman. We share the same last name. Are distantly related. Have never met. And she is my idol.