“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
On May 29, 1953, New Zealand explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first mountaineers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The achievement was extraordinary for both men, but many in the Western media were concerned with who actually submitted the peak first. That tendency to value, seek, and reward individual achievements has remained, but the truth is that behind each successful climb is a team of dedicated mountaineers, most of them Sherpas, who end up performing some of the most dangerous tasks, constructing rope-lines, carrying supplies, and guiding expeditions to the summit. So while individual success should not be discounted, it is through the support of a team that extraordinary feats like climbing Mount Everest become a reality.