Climber ac­cused of tak­ing he­li­copter up Qo­molangma

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Chi­nese woman who claimed to have climbed the world’s high­est moun­tain last week drew on­line crit­i­cism on Thurs­day af­ter she was ac­cused of us­ing a he­li­copter.

Wang Jing, 40, co-founder of the do­mes­tic out­door sports­wear man­u­fac­turer Toread, was ques­tioned, crit­i­cized and mocked by many ne­ti­zens af­ter she was re­port­edly in­ves­ti­gated by the Nepalese govern­ment for al­legedly us­ing a he­li­copter to climb Qo­molangma, also known as Mount Ever­est.

A Reuters re­port said Nepalese tourism au­thor­i­ties were look­ing into re­ports that Wang took a he­li­copter and flew over the route dam­aged by an avalanche on April 18 that led to the death of 16 Nepalese guides.

She would have been the only climber to have as­cended the moun­tain on that side since the ac­ci­dent, Reuters re­ported.

Us­ing a he­li­copter would con­sti­tute a se­ri­ous moral vi­o­la­tion of tra­di­tion in climb­ing the world’s high­est peak, the re­port said.

Wang has not re­sponded to the re­port, and China Daily’s phone calls to her sec­re­tary went unan­swered.

On May 26, Wang said on her mi­cro blog that she man­aged to climb the moun­tain from the Nepalese side at about 6:30 pm on May 23 af­ter “ex­pe­ri­enc­ing tens of thou­sands of hard­ships”.

The post, with a photo of Wang and two men on the top of a snowy moun­tain, drew nu­mer­ous com­ments on Thurs­day, with many ne­ti­zens crit­i­ciz­ing her for cheat­ing the pub­lic by hid­ing the fact that she used a he­li­copter dur­ing the climb.

“It only proves that you have pur­chas­ing ca­pac­ity rather than that you are su­per,” said a com­ment, adding that climb­ing has be­come a game for the rich in China, since climbers al­ways hire a large group of people in­clud­ing guides and cooks while climb­ing high moun­tains.

Some ne­ti­zens said that they would not buy any prod­ucts made by Wang’s com­pany if she failed to give an ex­pla­na­tion.

A China News Ser­vice re­port quoted Wang’s sec­re­tary sur­named Cai as say­ing that Wang climbed Qo­molangma in 2010 and 2012, and that she had climbed eight moun­tains taller than 8,000 me­ters. The re­port did not say whether Wang had used he­li­copters or not.

An of­fi­cial from the Nepalese em­bassy to China told China Daily on Thurs­day that if the ac­cu­sa­tion was con­firmed, Wang could face pun­ish­ment, such as a fine.

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