Two Nepali world record holders
join to climb this Spring for a combined 30 Everest summits
Apa Sherpa, the man who has
stood on the top of the world a record 16 times and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who
has summitted Mt. Everest in the record time of 10 hours, 56 minutes, and 46
seconds have announced that they are joining together to make a summit attempt
this Spring. The summit team will be comprised of the two record holders
along with 4 other Nepali support members. Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa has summited 11
times in addition to his world record setting ascent. This would be his 13th
The climb is designed to
highlight the role of the Sherpas and the Nepali people since the historic
summit of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Other points
to be highlighted are:
· Guides and porters,
who do the lion’s share of the work, are rarely publicized or appreciated.
Their pay ranges from $300 to $3000 depending upon their skills. Non Nepali
guides and team leaders pay can range from $15,000 to over $100,000.
· The athletic prowess
of the guides and porters enables them to carry nearly their own body weight
over 8 times from base camp to the summit. This is in contrast to the
“guided” climbers requiring the carrying of their oxygen, tents, food,
sleeping bags and fuel by the Nepalis.
· Apa and Lhakpa do
not require the usual acclimatization period for non Nepali climbers. The
usual acclimatization period is 6 weeks.
· Both Apa and Lhakpa
are capable of a straight ascent from Base Camp to the summit of Mt. Everest.
· Lhakpa’s record of
10 hours, 56 minutes, and 46 seconds reveals an incredible ascent of over
10,000 feet at a rate of over 1000 feet per hour beginning at an elevation of
18,000 feet and topping out at Mt. Everest’s peak of 29,053 feet. For the
usual climber this would induce massive brain swelling and result in rapid
death from High Altitude Cerebral Edema.
· Guides and porters
are forced to cross the Ice Fall (the most dangerous zone on Mt. Everest) 20
times or more in order to carry all of the gear required by their group.
Assisted members limit their time in the Ice Fall to 4 to 6 crossings.
· Guides regularly
risk and even lose their lives saving members who are in distress. This is
rarely reported. In the case of a Nepali guide’s death the compensation paid
to the next of kin is barely enough to pay for the funeral costs.
Other members of the Super
Sherpa team are Jerry Mika and Roger Kehr, long time friends of the two
Sherpas. Jerry and Apa are partners in an outdoor clothing company in Salt
Lake City. Kehr and his wife have been involved with Apa in a medical
training program for Sherpas in the Khumbu. Lhakpa’s involvement with
Snowbird Expeditions has led to job opportunities in New Jersey and now in
Mika and Kehr will support
the expedition from Base Camp. The four have formed their own company for the
purpose of bringing world enlightenment about, and monetary benefit to, the
Nepali people. In conjunction with this expedition a book and documentary are
The proceeds from these
ventures and the future speaking fees of Apa and Lhakpa will ensure their
ability to not only feed their families and to provide for their education but
to also enrich the Nepali people through educational and other vital
programs. At least 25% of the net proceeds will be donated to Nepali schools,
hospitals, and other deserving entities.
Both Apa and Lhakpa have a
long record of “giving back” to their communities.
Let us know if you would like
to help these men
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