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A Lucrative But Deadly Job Grayson Schaffer, senior editor of Outside magazine, has written extensively on Sherpas. He says that over the past 15 years, at least as many Sherpas were "disabled by rockfall, frostbite, and altitude-related illnesses like stroke and edema" as have died while working in Nepal's mountains.
"According to the Himalayan Database, which keeps track of such things, 174 climbing Sherpas have died while working in the mountains in Nepal — 15 in the past decade on Everest alone," Schaffer wrote in an article published last July, "The Disposable Man: A Western History of Sherpas on Everest."
"There's no other service industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients," he wrote.