The famous “Super Sherpa,” Apa Sherpa has done it again. The 51-year old skilled Nepalese Mountaineer has reached the summit of the mighty Mt. Everest for his 21st time, breaking both a personal and world record. Wow!
Sherpa reached the peak Wednesday morning around 9:15 AM local time. ”He along with five other climbers had left camp four last night at 10 p.m. and all of them made it to the top,” said Ang Tshering Sherpa, chairman of the expedition company Asian Trekking Private Limited. The complete team with the Eco Everest Expedition climbing leader Sherpa was: Chris Shumate (49 yrs) of USA , Bruno Gremior (39 yrs) of Switzerland, and three Altitude Slimbing Sherpas (Ang Dawa Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa and Arita Sherpa). They all stood on the top (8848m) of Mt. Everest.
Sherpa is a leading environmentalist. His mission besides scaling Everest with ease is making sure the mountain stays clean ever since his first expedition in 1989. ”If my ascent would promote the cause and help protect the mountain, I am always ready to climb,” Sherpa told AFP before his flight to the Everest region.
More than 3,000 people have made it to the top of Everest since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to hit the peak in 1953. ”Climbing is very risky. I’d like to stay here, but I have to go because I like helping Nepal, our country for the education, Sherpa said, “Education is very important.” The youngest climber to summit Everest is Leif Whitaker at only 25 years of age. His story is featured in The Ski Channel’s THE STORY.