11 May '11, 8am

'Super Sherpa' sets Everest record with 21 ascents

'Super Sherpa' sets Everest record with 21 ascents

Nepalese climber Apa Sherpa, who holds the world record for most successful climbs of Mount Everest with 20 ascents. -- PHOTO: AFP KATHMANDU - A 51-YEAR-OLD Nepalese climber scaled Mount Everest for the 21st time on Wednesday, extending his own record for the number of successful ascents of the world's highest mountain, a spokesman said. Apa Sherpa, dubbed the 'Super Sherpa' for the apparent ease with which he climbs the peak, reached the summit early on Wednesday after climbing all night in conditions expedition organisers described as 'perfect.' 'He along with five other climbers had left camp four last night at 10pm (12.15am Wednesday Singapore time) and all of them made it to the top,' said Ang Tshering Sherpa, chairman of expeditions organisers Asian Trekking. 'The conditions were perfect - very clear, with not too much wind.' All were climbing as part of the annual E...

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