From the relative comforts of Base Camp, Elia Saikily has reacted to reaching the Everest summit on the morning of May 12th.
“To my Sherpa comrades, my teammates, my brothers, my friends: congratulations on reaching the top of the world.
Mingma Tsiri Sherpa
Pasang Tenzing Sherpa
Tsering Pemba Sherpa
Dawa Gyaljen Sherpa
Tsering Dawa Sherpa
Padang Yulla Sherpa
Rinji Pasang Sherpa
Pasang Nuru Sherpa
“You are all extraordinary! We stood on the summit together, made our Sherpa film and even became entangled in side missions above the clouds to which you all demonstrated unparalleled strength, determination and commitment to others who needed your help.
“Without you, and your entire community, there would be no Everest summits. Chomolungma belongs to you. Always has and always will. It’s been an honor and privilege.
“To my soul brothers: Scott Simper (Sherpa) and my right hand man and bestie
Pasang Kaji (PK) Sherpa, it’s been an honor and privilege.
“Together, over the past 10 days, we filmed from basecamp to the summit and back. Our film will be available on The CBC next year.
“And yes, it feels damn good to be down!”