I became became one of the first-ever Foreign Porters (commonly known as Sherpas) to aid a Mt. Everest expedition. And this is what it did to me...AmA
For 23 days I didn’t shower, slept on the floor, ate a restricted diet, lost over 20 pounds and carried 100 kilos as an effort to become one of the first ever Foreign Porters to aid a Mt. Everest Expedition.
Footage Here: http://theporterfilm.com/
The project was a bit of a capstone to anotherwise out-of-my-mind five-year millennial stint to tackle the craziest adventures on the planet: from living in a Brazilian Favela with a family I met on the street to swearing to noble silence in a Himalaya Temple, I eventually got so manic that I raised enough money — because I had no money of my own — to film one of these immersive projects. And this is what came about.
The Porter began as a test of will. An effort to see just how far I could push myself before collapsing. And to do so, with obviously the hardest job on the planet. But then I actually did it. I actually slept on the ground, ate only rice, carried 100 kilos and completed an expedition only to cry in a closet afterwards, crawl into a bed and reflect on the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of other porters that have done, are doing and will do more than what I did, 20x a year. And that most of them are so underapaid that they can't even do anything else.
So, it definitely changed me in a pretty extreme way. But not at first. It took me a few months just to realize that, I, a ramndom traveler, now had the only real proof of this injustice. And so, I tried to make a film.
I sit here tody at my computer with a couple of empty pasta bowls beside me in a room that I've rented from 2-weeks to 2 weeks, posting an AMA to Reddit with the hope that others might want to share this story and spread awarenes for the Porter plight too. I am not a filmmaker. I am not a marketer. I am just a "me" with an experience. And a mesage I think should be shared.
Hopefully this film can help raise some awareness for the improvement of Porters’ salaries on Everest.
Feel free to ask me anything. And don’t hold back.
THE FILM: https://www.theporterfilm.com/
NEW: Gotta work tomorrow early but will respond to new questions soon!