Sherpa Makes 15th Everest Ascent
Appa Sherpa has climbed Everest for a record 15th time as improved weather conditions unleash a flood of summiteers on the world's highest mountain. Plus where's Ran and youngest Seven Summits climber...
Posted: 2 June 2005
After a climbing season that threatened to be truncated by
poorjagge weather conditions, the Everest circus has been bailed out
by a spell of more settled weather, which has finally allowed large
numbers of climbers to summit the mountain.
Among them, extraordinarily, was Appa Sherpa, 48, who reached the
summit for the 15th time in his guiding career. His first summit came
in 1989, meaning he's climbed the mountain on average almost every
year since. His most recent ascent was achieved guiding for the
Climbing For A Cure expedition and he was accompanied by another
Sherpa and a western client, John Gray. It's an astonishing
achievement by any standards. According to the Guardian, the next
Sherpas on the list have managed ten ascents apiece.
In classic Everest style, it's not entirely clear how many
climbers have now summited the mountain this spring with dispatches
from different expeditions being published all over the web and on
the two main Everest anorak sites, mounteverest.net
If you're following the progress of Ran Fiennes, who's part of a
Jagged Globe expedition attempting the mountain from the northern -
Tibetan - side, then the bad news is that based on the latest
dispatches from the expedition, things aren't looking great.
On the Jagged
Globe site, leader David Hamilton reports that winds are picking
up again and they've lost a tent at Camp 3 which has been shredded by
the wind. Fiennes seems to be at Camp 2 hoping to move up the
mountain if winds drop, as forecast, towards the end of the week.
Technology eh? We can also tell you that a helicopter has crashed
at Everest base camp and that in reaching the summit of Everest, 20
year old Danielle Fisher has become the youngest ever climber to
complete the Seven Summits challenge of climbing the highest mountain
on every continent. Apparently Danielle finds climbing provides the
answer to her Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms.
More and more Everest information from the two Everest sites
linked to above...
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