He was Edmund Hillary’s mountaineering guide, and the two of them were the first to successfully reach the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary and John Hunt (who did not actually go to the summit) were knighted for this achievement, but Tenzing (who not only went to the top, but was carrying all the gear) simply received a medal.
It has been a long road … From a mountain coolie, a bearer of loads, to a wearer of a coat with rows of medals who is carried about in planes and worries about income tax.
He was an interesting guy who is worth reading more about.
Amazing accomplishments and a winning smile aside, the reason he’s relevant here is because he wore a pretty amazing tweed jacket.
A few years ago, this jacket was lovingly reproduced by Nigel Cabourn.
The Tenzing Jacket has since drifted from the original model, and is now called the Mallory, which… welp.
Personally, I think this is a key to Setka’s personality. He knows a lot, and has a lifetimes of experience, and so he can reliably find the right adventuring resources. Need a great jacket for derring-do in a wide variety of environments? This is a pretty good choice. But he’s enough of a disconnected dreamer that he misses out on some practical necessities (and takes that hyper-practical jacket to be tailored into a trim, more physically restrictive, silhouette).
Like, I imagine, during his very, very short reign as Pharoh, that he spent a lot of time and resources developing projects of immense value and vision and expense, marked by utter impracticability. Say, a pneumatic tube complex that would have run parallel with the irrigation systems in Ancient Egypt. Shame they didn’t have air compression technology.
Hmm. I’ll have to confer with Benito as to whether or not that’s canon, now.
Anyway. Tenzing. Pretty cool guy.
P.S. Way back in Week 6, Setka is sleeping in his office with a Nigel Cabourn lookbook over his face. This counts as an easter egg for a very, very narrow stratum of geek.