Re: [Slovak-World] Re: sherpas
- Isn't a small cabin...a cabinet?
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From: "votrubam" <votrubam@...>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 03:37:51
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: sherpas
The Czech-born author of the article made one mistake (and a typo in a name): according to both chalet managers (rather than a "cabin" as the article misstates it) and mountain porters, a helicopter is cheaper on a per-pound basis than a human mountain porter in the Slovak Tatras when all the costs are factored in -- their per-kilogram rate, accommodation, and food (plus some porters' "prima-donna attitude" as one chalet manager put it).
The tradition carries on, because a few enthusiasts still hang around the mountains who desire to do it for several years in their 20s, but some chalet managers predict a foreseeable demise of the tradition. The article interviewed a single chalet manager who, as the article says, reduces her costs by employing the porters in other jobs at the same time. Few chalet managers do that.
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