A Job--And A Story--Without Limits

People in the news business can't resist classifying everything--and everyone--into categories. We even do it to our own. Some journalists are considered newshounds, adept at chasing down leads. Others are deemed stylists, seeming to be more suited to the profile, the thoughtful and provocative examination of one person's life.

In reality, not even journalists are that simple. Karl Taro Greenfeld, TIME Asia's deputy editor, probably thought he had a straightforward, if somewhat unusual, profiling assignment facing him when he touched down in Kathmandu, Nepal, two Fridays ago. He was there to write this week's cover story, the heroic tale of Erik...

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