Apa has checked in with his family from Thame and reports that there was a large snow storm, but that the Swiss are setting up ropes and he will attempt a summit on the unnamed peak within the next 10 days. Updates as they become available.
Apa to participate in "different" climb in Himalayas
9/28/2009 9:48:51 AM
Apa is back in Nepal and it isn't even spring. Apa is participating in an attempt to summit a previously unclimbed and unnamed peak in the Himalayas. Read about the climb here.
I will update Apa's position as soon as possible. He will likely stay at Camp 4 on the way down due to the large number of people on the route.
Apa on the Top of Mt. Everest for the 19th time!!!!!
5/20/2009 9:03:57 PM
I just got off the radio with Apa. He has just broken his own world record to stand on the top of Mt. Everest for the 19th time. Over the crackling radio, in a breathless voice he told me: "I am at the top and am looking at all the prayer flags...I have just satisfied the deities and placed the Bhumpa on the summit...I am the last of our group to get to the top today as I was delayed at the Hillary Step because there are so many people here. I arrived here at 8am and have been here for 30 minutes... Its very cold so I am now heading down." He told us that he has been taking pictures at the top. Pertemba and I congratualted him and wished him a safe climb back down.
Apa Sherpa World record holder with 18 summits, four without oxygen, on Mt. Everest. The 5-foot-4, 122-pound climber was dubbed as Super Tiger of Everest by a Swiss team he helped summit. Has made it to the top every year since with the exception of the infamous 1996 season when his good friend Rob Hall died on the mountain.
Dawa Steven Sherpa Eco Everest Expedition 2009 organizer Dawa Steven Sherpa made it to the top of Mount Everest in 2007. He organized the Eco Everest Expedition 2008 after realizing the impact global warming was having on the land and the people of the Himalayan highlands. The 24-year-old honor graduate from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland speaks five languages. He will be the voice of the Salt Lake Tribune's "On Top of the World" blog.
Follow the expedition from Base Camp to the summit of Mount Everest.