The NY Times reports:
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A veteran Sherpa guide (Apa Sherpa) scaled Mount Everest for a record 17th time Wednesday, beating his own previous record, mountaineering officials said.
Apa was leading a team calling themselves the Super Sherpas on a charity climb to raise education funds for children of the Nepalese mountain guides.
Apa Sherpa started climbing as a porter at the age of 12, now he is a Super Sherpa. In a classically Western focus, the first ascent atop Everest bagged Hillary the knighthood, while the sherpa Tenzing Norgay was relegated to an “also climbed” status. Now the sherpas are asserting themselves and showing who really rules the Himalayas.
Shabassh! Apa Sherpa!