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Karma Paul Sherpa
Among the climbers of the 1924 Third British Expedition to Everest Karma Paul
had perhaps one of the least glamorous but most important jobs. He wasn't a
climber, he never summited Everest, but as the group's translator his job was
vital in communicating with the native Himalayan people and with the group's
Karma Paul was fluent in Nepali, English and Tibetan and would
serve as the translator for all the British expeditions from 1922 to 1938.
Aside from his work as interpreter Paul also served as a recruiter and
all-around moderator between the expedition and the native people.
Following the death of Sherpa Shamsher Pun from a likely blood clot on the
brain, Paul was dispatched to the Rongbuk Monastery to see if the Sherpas, who
were suffering low spirits following the death of young Pun, might be blessed
by the head Lama there. The Lama agreed and invited the entire expedition to
the monastery where he blessed them all and declared that they had been forced
back by demons who would not do so again.
Following his career on Everest, Paul trained himself to be a skilled auto
mechanic and in the 1950s won a small fortune at the horse races. He retired
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