Sherpa Guide Nonchalantly Breaks Everest Record

Kami Rita scales mountain for 26th time while setting ropes for foreign climbers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 8, 2022 10:02 AM CDT
He Scales Everest for 26th Time: It's His Day Job
Veteran Sherpa guide Kami Rita in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 25, 2021.   (AP Photos/Bikram Rai, File)

(Newser) – An experienced Nepalese Sherpa guide has scaled Mount Everest for the 26th time, breaking his own record for the most climbs of the world's highest peak. Kami Rita reached the 29,032-foot summit on Saturday evening, leading a group of Sherpa climbers who fixed ropes along the route so that hundreds of other climbers and guides can make their way to the top of the mountain later this month. Rita and 10 other Sherpa guides reached the summit without any problems and had safely returned to lower camps, said Mingma Sherpa of the Kathmandu-based Seven Summit Treks, per the AP.

Rita, 52, first scaled Everest in 1994 and has been making the trip nearly every year since then. He is one of many Sherpa guides whose expertise and skills are vital to the safety and success of the foreign climbers who head to Nepal each year seeking to stand on top of the mountain. His father was among the first Sherpa guides, and Rita followed in his footsteps and then some. In addition to his 26 times to the top of Everest, Rita has scaled several other peaks that are among the world’s highest, including K-2, Cho-Oyu, Manaslu, and Lhotse. (In the US, an attempt to scale the tallest peak in North America ended in tragedy.)

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