Climate for Life’s Apa Sherpa reaches the peak of Everest for the 19th time.

May 25, 2009 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Apa Sherpa on the Summit of Everest, May 21 2009.

Apa Sherpa on the Summit of Everest, May 21 2009.

Great news has come through from Nepal that Apa Sherpa , the world record holder for Mt. Everest ascents has once again scaled the worlds tallest peak, but this time as a member of WWF Nepal’s Climate for Life project.

Apa reached the summit on the 21st of May as part of a ten person team, six of whom made it to the top. The idea behind this project was two fold. One to highlight climate change and place a holy Bhumpa at the peak personally blessed by the Venerable Rinpoche of Tengboche (Buddhist spiritual leader). (The Bhumpa is an eight-inch tall copper-made sacred vase which contains 400 elements including precious metals, Buddhist relics, shreds of robes worn by venerated monks, holy water and soil, among other things).

The other in tandem with the WWF Campaign, Apa is also part of the Eco Everest team that is aiming to clean the mountain of the tons of waste including tents, oxygen bottles, human waste and others left there on the climbing routes of Mt. Everest. over the last 50 years.

As a partner project of Climate for Life, Cycle for Change hopes to follow in the footsteps of Apa and his team ( although not to the top of Everest to be fair) and do all we can to get the message that Climate Change is affecting the Himalayas now and will effect not only this region but everywhere around the world if we don’t change our behaviour as soon as possible.

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