One of the things that I am enjoying about Touching my Father's Soul (though I could see myself getting tired of in the future) is the constant comparison between Jamling's expedition and experiences, and his father's. One of the things that strikes me is how closely Jamling tries to imitate the actions of his father; he carries loads, he works well with both the expedition members and the sherpas and he does his best to find the spirituality that his father had late in life. One of the reasons that I think the comparisons focus so intently on the spiritual similarities is because of the vast differences in gear, tactics and motivations between the 1953 and 1996 expeditions. While the younger Norgay acknowledges these differences, he focuses more on the deeper meaning of his climb in the context of trying to reconnect with his father.
I have learned more about Buddhism in the first half of Touching my Father's Soul than I have in the previous three books combined. Obviously this is because of the authors perspective but it explains a lot of the motivations and rationale behind many Sherpa decisions on past expeditions; the burning of Juniper before setting foot on the mountain and the deep superstitions that prevented Sherpas from rescuing Beck and Yasuko on the South Col. The deep connection that Sherpas feel with the Himalaya and especially Miyolangsangma raise even more questions about the commercialization of Everest and the Sherpas' role in supporting it. Despite his desire to connect with his father and follow in his footsteps, Jamling is a member of an expedition with "non-pure" motivations and for me this brings up a conflict that Jamling has yet to address.