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  Super Sherpas Set To Conquer Everest, Again


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 summit. 

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 Utah. 

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 in development.

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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