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"Super Sherpa" Breaks World Record, Climbs Mt. Everest for 21st Time
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu Correspondent
Apa Sherpa on Mt. Everest in 2008

Apa Sherpa, also known as "Super Sherpa," conquered Mt. Everest for the 21st time on Wednesday morning, breaking his own record of reaching the top of the world for the highest times.

Tilak Pandey, a tourism official who is stationed at the base camp has confirmed that Sherpa successfully scaled the peak at 9:15 am along with four Nepali Sherpas and two foreigners.Sherpa, who first scaled Everest in 1990 and has been dubbed the "super Sherpa" for the apparent ease with which he climbs the mountain, dedicated his last expedition to the impact of climate change on the Himalayas.

Apa is also the WWF Climate Change Ambassador and SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change.

"They said they are enjoying the view and taking pictures on the summit," said Ang Tshering of Asian Trekking, which organized the expedition.

The 50-year-old Apa and his team climbed all night Tuesday and Wednesday morning before reaching the summit at 9:15 a.m. local time (0330 GMT).

Before leaving for the mountain in April, Apa had said his team planned to clear 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms) of garbage from the lower part of the mountain and another 2,200 pounds (1,000 kilograms) from near the summit.

Apa has long campaigned about the degradation he has seen on the Himalayan peaks due to global warming and other issues.
He said when he first began climbing Everest, the trail to the summit was covered with ice and snow. Now, it is dotted with bare rocks.

The melting ice has also exposed deep crevasses, making expeditions more dangerous.Apa moved to the United States in 2006 and lives in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper.



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Anil Giri serves as Kathmandu Correspondent for The Seoul Times.As a journalist he has worked for such news media as Annapurna Post, BBC, and Himalayan Times for years. He finished his both undergrad Economics degree and his MA degree in English Literature at Tribhuvan Univ., Kathmandu. He also holds a diploma in Development Journalism from prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication-IIMC, New Delhi, India.

 

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