Real life X-men: Biology of the world's greatest climbers - the Sherpa

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One for Sorrow : Guess they're... *sherpa-human*

Pramesh Dhakal : Once I was trekking in a circuit in Nepal. I had good jacket double shocks, -30 grade boots and expensive gloves. Weather was snowed and very cold. I had to keep any water bottles with me inside sleeping bag else it would froze. And same time I saw 3 Sherpa kids outside playing snow they were in slippers, no shocks or gloves. They had jackets but it was not in great condition. They were happy and playing like they don't give a shit. Lol

Chubbyemu : In Emu We Trust 😂

BRONXGIRL BLAZIN' : It makes me sick how a man will climb Everest 15 TIMES and has to serve coffee at 75 yro, and a man will climb Everest 2 and live his life in relative comfort and celebrity...... FOR DOING SOMETHING SHERPA DO MULTIPLE TIMES A SEASON.

anjila rai : Sherpa means a mountain worrier our nation .s pride n all nepali proud of them

Eoin Kelleher : Would Sherpas make great cyclists? Western kids are evolving bigger thumbs for xbox and texting.

Satyam Shah : I am nepalese , it was really nice to hear the unravelling truth of Sherpas from you ! thanks

Sherpa Sonam Tobden : Well It seems I got one more thing to add to my CV.

Poornakumar Das : The video is a revelation to me. Four decades ago, a was roaming around in Himalayas (its all regions) at nothing less than 10000 feet height, I knew that there the 'locals' are different, even superior to me - the one keen on mountaineering, but born at sea level. These guys are our treasured physiological 'gems'. We need them more. I learnt one thing though, the heard way - Never 'Drink' at those altitudes.

JohnnyDaPrankstaGangsta : *_sea-level sucker_* *_slow land dweeb_* my newest insult

Squatting Squirrel : Sherpas deserve more than they will ever receive

mako : As a climber i've always been interested in one day climbing Everest and knew the Sherpa were the real heroes, i just didn't realise how much more naturally equipped they were than the rest of us until watching this, very informative video, i learned a lot!

Naruto Uzumakee : So evolution is a fact. Listen non believers.

Morbius1963 : My Sherpa led but our porter, carrying three backpacks, in flip-flops, coached and encouraged me.

Yorick : 4:17 that glove save is incredible

Medlife Crisis : Keen to hear your thoughts - too long? Too boring? Too scienceful? Or not scienceish enough? Or do you just want to register your objection to my face? I know the autofocus went nuts, unfortunately my cousin had borrowed my lenses so was left with this crazy thing. Blame her! I hope it didn't make you feel too seasick.

TheDoubleGrin : Excellent video, your articulation and pacing are spot on. I think you delve into the underlying science enough to satisfy curiosity without getting too technical. I hope this channel blows up, doc, you deserve it.

Sumann Raaz : I am from Kathmandu,Nepal and i have many Sherpa friends from Bouddha and Kapan. They are really good for good people n somehow superhumans too.

Chloe Ouyang : Your jokes are clever!

meenasherpa : My name is Meena Sherpa

Phurba Sherpa : Ok heres some fun fact for ya'll. Sherpas comes from the eastern region of tibet. SHAR meaning east in tibetan, which later turned into SHER and PA meaning people residing at an area, forms the meaning People of the east. Mutiple races in Nepal are actually from tibet who migrated a long times ago. This list likely and very much includes Gurungs, Tamangs , Sherpa and Hyolmos.

meenasherpa : I am a sherpa

Micah Philson : This reminds me of how the Brits used small groups of them as soldiers in WWII, and... no matter what environment they were sent to, they far outperformed every other soldier on the field and quickly became world-famous for being such incredible people in every respect!

jp jp : Said right they are descended from Tibet many hundred years back . It’s been said those years Tibet ruled by king songtsen who occupied China and mongols and sent lot of armies to conquer neighboring countries including Nepal so it was believed some armies stayed back along those fringes and married Nepali and they descended are Sherpa. “Sher” meaning east and “pa” people . mountaineering is the only source of livelihood for these unique people and moreover Sherpa being Buddhist always believe God dwells in those pristine mountains. It’s very risky jobs and brave Sherpa always selfless in helping western mountaineers.

Anthony Jackson : So they would do terribly in ocean level swim race?

GuideSource International : Thank you for a well-done vid regarding the Sherpa physiology. I have guided and worked with these wonderful people and climbers for decades and they are not only some of the strongest people on earth, but some of the kindest and most generous. Bless them all. RJ Fleming, Mountain Guide, NNMGA info@guidesource.com

Clyde Ward : That emu had kind of chubby legs. What's up with that?

Kathleen McCafferty : barely understood anything but it was interesting

Frank Blangeard : The unique physiology of sherpas is probably why the first person to summit on Mount Everest was Tensing Norgay while pulling Edmund Hillary behind him on a short rope. I wasn't actually there so I am just guessing : )

A Fruit Shop Owner : Oh wow, this channel is amazing! I just found this video on /r/videos and it reminded me of Chubbyemu's youtube channel. I love this kind of content, keep it up doc!

Tim Lawn : This was an excellent summary of a complex topic. I have received lectures from Dan Martin and Ned Gilbert, two big names in this field of research, and you're information was more or less spot and extremely concise. If you fancy looking at this from another angle go have a look at how Sherpa adaptation differs from Andean populations. A fascinating example of evolution finding strikingly different solutions to the same problem. A recent paper has also indicated a third, unique style of adaption in Ethiopian highlanders!

Gorden Brown : Buddha was born in Nepal and Tenzing Norgay was born in Tibet.

kamal lama : Great.love from sherpa.

lambiepie : Is it me? You talked so fast that I had to continually pause the video and replay because you talk so fast. I would do much better if I could read your script. Excellent information and most interesting.

Mickey Bitsko : Andean indeans aren't as well adapted. They still get altitude sickness sometimes. (They chew coca leaves to ward it off.) But they DO have an amazing adaptation that is certainly genetic: The blood flow to their extremities is vastly increased. It's almost impossible for them to get frostbite. They run around with bare feet and no gloves in the winter when the temperature is well below zero. Doesn't bother them.

Brian Harder : This is quite good. Great to catch up on the latest findings. I spent a month with Peter Hackett on his 50th birthday climb of Ama Dablam. We spent hours talking altitude medicine and I've been a geek ever since. I couldn't agree more with your sentiments about the Sherps and Nepal in general. Chapeau!

Siraj Ahmad : 'Living amongst us' is so true for me. Hello from Nepal.

BrokenSymmetry : This was very nice! I think you hit the right balance of science and non-science language and I think you are doing a great job in explaining (I myself love teaching so I subconsciously pay attention to teaching abilities :D ). What I really, really like especially is that you introduced us to a part of the world we don't know much about, provided more information about it in your description, and by doing that raised awareness of the conditions of people's lives in Nepal. I think these kind of videos are a great way of letting us be more familiar with the unknown parts of the world and their inhabitans because it cultivates compassion and understanding of the differences, which, as this video shows, are very often only due to the fact that some gene in a group of people switched on (or off) just because those people lived for a long time in certain set of climate/geographical conditions. By using a mixture of science, humor and a captivating way of presentation I think you are doing a very important job in a great way!

alex benzler : Great video, although i have no idea why it was in my recommended. greetings from germany!!

Armanlex : At 2:32 you are giving me chubbyemu vibes. I like it!! Edit: Ok I resumed the video and I literally paused right before the chubby emu picture showed up. I'm telling the truth!

Marco J : This was fantastic, and I learnt so much; it was scienceful enough for me. It was a great at 10 minutes, but you could get away with making it shorter. Although i knew Sherpa people were special I didn't realise just one tiny gene can have such an impact. More human diversity videos like this would be awesome

A H : Brits are really smart

seacucumberable : This video is incredible

dematson : I am edified.

Aaron : Seems like my ancestors were evolved to eat a lot of fish and murder people with melee weapons. I guess it's cool but def not very useful today.

titanium9000 : Very informative and just enough humor to keep things really interesting. This video is a breath of fresh (sea-level) o2.. Thumbs up!*

Hip Hoptimus Prime : This video is fantastic. Please make more. The science amount was just right and it was an interesting topic. I've checked out your other videos and you are doing great things, keep going. You will definitely find a market and expand.

Frank May : Love these videos. It's just time before one hits the front page of the internet and gets millions of views. Content and quality is ready, just need some luck and the right topic!

____________________ : The chubbyemu reference had me laughing! Good video. I like the fact you cite your references too. I also see the double meaning in your channel name. I suspect you’ve been practising medicine for a long time and reached burnout. So you’re trying to rediscover control of your time, while still doing what you both know and love; medicine.

Saurav Raut : Proud to be a Nepali😍