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posted by hubie on Wednesday May 15, @08:35AM   Printer-friendly
from the because-it's-there dept.

Sherpa guide Kami Rita scales Mount Everest for 29th time, extending his own record again:

One of greatest climbing guides on Mount Everest has scaled the world's highest peak for the 29th time, extending his own record for reaching the summit.

[...] Kami Rita climbed Everest twice last year, setting the record for most climbs on the first and adding to it less than a week later.

He and fellow Sherpa guide Pasang Dawa have been competing with each other for the title of most climbs of the world's highest peak.

Kami Rita first climbed Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success each year of foreign climbers who seek to stand on top of the mountain.

His father was among the first Sherpa guides.

In addition to Everest, Kami Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world's highest, including K2, Cho Oyu, Manaslu and Lhotse.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by VLM on Wednesday May 15, @12:15PM (3 children)

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday May 15, @12:15PM (#1357025)

    expertise and skills are vital

    Experience doesn't get much respect, even on the other side of the planet, even when it's obviously a key driver of success.

    "Didn't die on summit attempts 1 thru 29" seems like it would be a pretty valuable service to the customers.

    I wonder if Everest summiteers hire their sherpas based solely on lowest cost similar to how so many professions on the other side of the planet hire skilled personnel.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Thexalon on Wednesday May 15, @12:34PM

      by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday May 15, @12:34PM (#1357026)

      Sherpas are the Everest summiteers as far as I'm concerned. The idiot foreigners they drag to the top every year, not so much.

      Well, maybe not Reinhold Messner, when he went up there by himself and got up and down in a matter of days rather than weeks. But most of 'em, including Edmund Hillary (who was the first to credit Tenzing Norgay for his ascent), wouldn't be able to go up there without the Sherpas.

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    • (Score: 1) by pTamok on Wednesday May 15, @09:04PM (1 child)

      by pTamok (3042) on Wednesday May 15, @09:04PM (#1357109)

      According to this npr report [npr.org], he didn't summit on his first attempt, so he has a record of 29 summits in at least 30 attempts.

      • (Score: -1, Redundant) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, @07:23PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 17, @07:23PM (#1357405)

        LOOSER!!!!1

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 16, @01:38AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 16, @01:38AM (#1357139)
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