7-11 Clerk Breaks Her Own Everest Record

And a wounded veteran has a milestone of his own
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 20, 2016 8:36 AM CDT
7-11 Clerk Breaks Her Own Everest Record
Mount Everest is seen from peak Gokyo Ri in Nepal.   (AP Photo/Hans Edinger)

Two Mount Everest climbs are making headlines:

  • A 42-year-old convenience store worker from Connecticut has scaled Everest for the seventh time, breaking her own record as the most successful female climber of the world's highest peak, reports the AP. Lhakpa Sherpa was among 18 climbers who reached the summit Friday morning from the northern side in Tibet. She climbed Everest six times between 2000 and 2006 before moving to the United States where she is a permanent resident. The male record, held by two Sherpa men, stands at 21 climbs. The Nepalese native works at a 7-11 in Hartford.

  • A 30-year-old from Idaho has become the first combat-wounded veteran to reach the summit, reports the AP. The Heroes Project said Thursday that retired Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville accomplished the feat after unsuccessful attempts in 2014 and 2015. Linville was defusing bombs in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was injured as an explosive device detonated, leading to the amputation of his right foot.
(More Mount Everest stories.)

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