June 2002 Contents
Super Achievers & Success
at Every Alien Door'
Westerners have "viewed Sherpas as strong and faithful load carriers, the backbone to any climb, but not as true summit contenders." - ERIK WEIHENMAYER
(Erik Weihenmayer, the first visually challenged mountain climber to reach the summit of Everest, is the author of Touch the Top of the World.)
Sherpas are the mountain guides from India and Nepal who have led summiteers to the top of the Everest. Seldom in limelight, they are the people who enable others to capture headlines. Without them, not many would have made it to the top of the world. Media has not focused on them - yet there are among them many who are a class apart, who hold world records that few can dream of breaking. Of the 1500 Everest summiteers, more than 500 are Sherpas. Sherpa Appa holds the record of 12 Everest ascents. Messner made headlines when he climbed Everest without oxygen in 1978. Sherpa Ang Rita has done so 10 times and he is also the only person to have climbed the Everest without oxygen in winter.
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