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Sherpa summits Mt Everest for record 19th time

A NEPALESE Sherpa guide has again broken his own record, scaling Mount Everest for the 19th time.

Appa, who like most Sherpas goes by one name, reached the 8,850-meter peak early yesterday, guiding foreign clients with several other fellow guides, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

Tshering said Appa and members of the team are safe and returning to lower camps after spending a few minutes at the summit.

Appa, 48, first climbed Everest in 1989 and has done so almost every year since. His closest rival is fellow Sherpa guide Chhewang Nima, who has made 15 trips.

Appa now lives in the United States, having settled in Salt Lake City in 2006.

Scores of climbers are also reported to have scaled Everest yesterday, Tshering said.

Dozens of climbers have reached the summit in the past three days after weather conditions improved. Snow and high winds in the past few weeks had stopped climbers.

The harsh weather on Everest allows only about two windows - from a couple of days to a week - in May when conditions are favorable enough for the push to the summit.


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