Everest Climber Reaches Summit for 17th Time

Apa Sherpa broke his own record this week by reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for the 17th time.

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This week, Appa Sherpa broke his own record when he reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 17th time. His closest competitor has summited(ph) 14 times. Leading an all-Sherpa team called Super Sherpas, Appa gained the summit at 29,035 feet as part of a charity climb. Money raised will go toward an education and health care fund for the children of the Nepalese mountain guides.

Also on the team was Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa who holds the record for the speediest ascent of Everest. In 2003, Lhakpa made it from base camp to the top in 10 hours and 56 minutes. When you hear about these records, it's perhaps easy to forget the dangerous inherent in climbing the world's tallest peak.

But as Appa and Lhakpa were on their way down to base camp, they were reminded. The Sherpas were asked to help in the recovery of two bodies, a pair of Korean climbers, who had died in their tent when it was boned(ph) down the southwest phase of the mountain.

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