A good weather window means things are going off on Everest right now!
Kami Rita Sherpa, a veteran mountain guide, topped out on Everest early this morning for a record 22nd time! He and nine Chinese climbers summited from the Nepal side and were safely on their way down to a lower camp by the afternoon. The 48 year old previously was tied for the record with two other men, but now is one step ahead and on the way to his goal of 25 ascents.
After first climbing Everest at age 24, he’s made it an annual event almost every year since. Mountaineering runs in his blood, with most of his male relatives having stood atop the highest point on Earth. He’s also climbed most of the other 8,000 meter peaks around like it’s no big deal.
Forty four year old Lakpa Sherpa broke her own record for female climbs of Everest on Wednesday as well, hitting the top for the 9th time from the Chinese side. She’s widely regarded as the World’s best female Everest climber, for good reason.
On Monday, Chinese double amputee Xia Boyu conquered Everest on his fourth attempt. Today is expected to be another busy day, with dozens of climbers trying to reach the summit.