Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sherpas Doing It For Themselves

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For hundreds of years sherpas have helped western explorers climb Mount Everest, but come April, the sherpas are doing it for themselves.

That’s because Apa Sherpa, who has reached the summit of Everest a record 16 times; and Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, who holds the world record for the fastest climb to the top, are planning their own expedition, in part, to raise awareness of their abilities.

The expedition is being called the “Super Sherpas,” and organizer Roger Kehr says it’s meant to thanks the sherpas for everything they’ve done to help others reach the mountain top.

As he puts it, “The foreigners get all the glory and money, but there’s no info on the people who made it possible.”

Apa Sherpa says he and the other sherpas know Everest better than outsiders, but admits that even with his vast knowledge “every climb is hard, depending on weather conditions.”

Organizers like Kehr are looking for sponsors for the expedition, and Sherpa will use any extra funds to send his three kids to an American college where they can learn skills they can bring back to Nepal to help the other sherpas.

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