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94 climbers scale Mt Everest on Wednesday

Sherpa guide climbs Everest for a record-setting 22nd time Nepalese Sherpa guide Kami Rita 48 summited Mount Everest Wednesday for the 22nd time setting a world record officials said
Deanna Wagner | 17 May, 2018, 05:04

Kami Rita made it to the peak at 8.30 am on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 21 ascents set by Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa of Nepal, both of whom have retired from mountaineering expeditions.

From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set past year.

Mr Kami Rita first reached the top of Everest in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition. He plans to summit the mountain at least three more times - meaning he'll set three more records.

"I did not start climbing to set a world record", he said last month, before setting out for the mountain.

Kami Rita apparently hopes to reach 25 times before retiring.

Lhakpa stood at the top of Everest early on Wednesday too.

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This year, her climb was sponsored by the outfitter Black Diamond, who provided gear and monetary support.

The twin records come on the heels of Australian Steve Plain becoming the fastest person to conquer the highest mountains on all seven continents. His father was among the first professional guides after Nepal opened to foreign trekkers and mountaineers in 1950.

Lhakpa, who lives with her daughters in Hartford has climbed Everest at 6 am from the North Col (Tibet Side) with a few climbers from her team.

For this spring season, the government has issued permits to 346 climbers of 38 teams for Mt. Everest.

But climbing the mountain also has many risks.

For the benefit of those who do not know, it's worth noting that a malfunction between the bottle and mask and ensuing sudden lack of O2 can be extremely unsafe for those who are not acclimatised to those altitudes without supplemental oxygen.