THE COMMANDER OF QOMOLANGMA BASE CAMP——SANG-ZHU CIREN

10,000 HOURS MAKES AN EXPERT

Someone believes that it takes 10,000 hours to make an expert in a certain field. For Sang-Zhu Ciren, he started his journey of 10,000 hours since he entered Tibet Mountaineering School on March.1st, 1999, whereafter the Tibetan boy who were fond of climbing and sports embraced a new world that he had never imagined about.

Sang-Zhu Ciren is directing the climb

In 2000, the second year after entering the school, Sang-Zhu Ciren reached the summit of Jiangsanglamu (6536 meters above sea level) with clothes, tents, sleeping bags and other brand-new equipments sponsored by OZARK . Looking at the Yamdrok Lake and Chang Tang Grassland in the distance, all his tiredness as well as doubts seemed to go with the wind.


8 YEARS WERE SPENT IN CLIMBING FROM 6536 METERS TO 8848 METERS

Soldiers are always meant to combat in the battlefield, so is Sang-Zhu Ciren. After finishing 5 years’ education, he did his first job as a collaborative guide who assisted the mountaineering on Qomolangma. That time he was responsible for a Swiss team’s low-elevation climb below 7500 meters. After carrying those heavy supplies to the forward camp, 6500 meters above the sea level, he suffered from altitude stress and violent purging for the whole night. In this way, he had no choice but to withdraw.


During 2007 Olympic Torch Relay Preview on Qomolangma, after Sang-Zhu Ciren finished the construction of an attack camp at an atitude of 8300 meters and descended to the elevation of 6500 meters, suddenly he was hit by a stomach pain and even spat a blood. After five days’struggle on the mountain he was sent to the hospital and diagnosed with perforation caused by acute gastric ulcer.

The picture of torch relay on Qomolangma photographed by Sang-Zhu Ciren in 2008

During the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay on Qomolangma, Sang-Zhu Ciren served as a mountain photographer and successfully ascended to the peak, during which he provided many significant scenes in the precious live video that we see after.


ROADS TOWARDS THE SUMMIT

In the mountanineering seasons of 2009, the road-maintenance team of Shengshan Adventure Company led by Sang-Zhu Ciren laid over 6000 meters of climbing ropes between North Camp at an altitude of 7028 meters and the summit at 8848 meters. The successful accomplishment of the mountaineering task made it possible for Shengshan Adventure Company to have the permanent road-maintenance right of the northern face of Qomolangma.

The laying work of climbing ropes on the north face of Qomolangma

WORDS SAID BY SANG-ZHU CIREN

From 1999 to this day, I have been climbing mountains for 18 years. The deepest feeling for me is that we should respect the nature with a spirit of reverence.


Every time when I encounter dead bodies of mountain climbers, I would put them in place such as moving them behind rocks or wrapping them with breakstones. Sometimes I would place them in the caves if possible. So now you will barely see them along the mountain road.


We human beings are so paltry that we don’t have a chance to defeat nature and mountains. All we can do is to hope that they could accept us through our awe and reverence.

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