At 09:15am this morning, Eco Everest Expedition Climbing Leader Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time - a new world record with the message of "Stop Climate Change". Image by Eco Everest Expedition 2011, courtesy Asian Trekking(P)Ltd, www.asian-trekking.com
Posted: May 10, 2011 11:54 pm EDT (Asian Trekking Press release) Apa Sherpa, Climbing Leader of Eco Everest Expedition 2011 reached the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time - a new world record with the message of "Stop Climate Change".
He joined Eco Everest for his 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Summit of Mt. Everest in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Apa said he is committed to support the efforts of Dawa Steven Sherpa, leader of the Eco Everest Expedition to bring awareness to the world community about Climate Change and to help remove old garbage from the slopes of Mt. Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) - our sacred mountain.
At 09:15am this morning, Eco Everest Expedition Climbing Leader Apa Sherpa and members Chris Shumate (49 yrs) of USA, Bruno Gremior (39yrs) of Switzerland together with four High Altitude Climbing Sherpas, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Phurba Sherpa, and Arita Sherpa, stood on the top of Mt. Everest (8848m). They had left Camp 4 (7950m) last night, 10 May at 10 pm.
"Cash for Trash" clean up campaign
Dawa Steven Sherpa said that “This Expedition is focused on climbing in an Eco-sensitive manner to keep Everest clean and collect garbage, debris and waste left by past expedition groups. The collected garbage will be brought down to the Base Camp by members of the clean up team for proper disposal. The Eco Expedition would again be using the alternative energy solutions like the parabolic solar cookers, solar lightings, the ultraviolet light pens for water purification, using portable toilets called CMC (Clean Mountain Can) at C 1and C 2 and toilet bags such as ResTop bags and bring down all human wate produce by Eco Teams to Base Camp for proper disposal.
Until today, 10 May, Eco Everest Expedition 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 led by Dawa Steven Sherpa brought down to base camp more than 13, 500 kilos of previous expeditions garbage for proper disposal.
In addition wreckage parts of the Italian Army helicopter were also recovered from the edge of the Khumbu Icefall. The helicopter crashed between Camp 1 (6100m) and C 2 (6500m) on Mt. Everest during the Italian Everest Expedition in 1973.
This probably demonstrates the movement of the Khumbu Icefall 1.3 km over the past 36 years. Also more than 400 kilos of human waste produce by Eco Everest Expedition and four died bodies recovered and brought down from the mountain for a dignified burial. Still the the "Cash for Trash" clean up campaign is going on until the end of this climbing season.
At Base Camp, the collected garbage will be sorted into biodegradable and burnable which will be handed over to the Sagarmatha or Everest Pollution Control Committee (SPCC), an NGO based in the Everest region. The non-degradable and non-burnable garbage will be brought to storage in Asian Trekking's warehouse in Khumjung village.
The sponsors of this year's Eco Everest Expedition 2011 "Cash for Trash" garbage collection program are Asian Trekking Pvt. Ltd and The North Face.
Dawa Steven Sherpa and his Eco Everest Expedition team are continuing this initiative to create awareness among the local people and among the climbers to help keep Mt. Everest and the Himalayan Mountains clean. Eco Everest Expeditions have been taking a message to "stop climate change" as it destroys the Himalayan environment and threatening the lives and livelihoods of the mountain communities.
Also this year Ken Noguchi, summiteer of Mt.Everest from both North and South Side and Environmental Activist from Japan and his team has jointed forces with Eco Everest Expedition and plans to clean in the extreme altitude at and above Camp 4 (7950m).
Apa's previous ascents on Mt.Everest:
Ascents of Mount Everest
# Date Expedition
1 May 10, 1990 International
2 May 8, 1991 Sherpa Support/American Lhotse
3 May 12, 1992 New Zealand
4 October 7, 1992 Everest International
5 May 10, 1993 American
6 October 10, 1994 Everest International
7 May 15, 1995 American On Sagarmatha
8 April 26, 1997 Indonesian
9 May 20, 1998 EEE
10 May 26, 1999 Asian-Trekking
11 May 24, 2000 Everest Environmental Expedition
12 May 16, 2002 Swiss Everest 50th Anniversary Expedition 1952-2002
13 May 26, 2003 American Commemorative Expedition
14 May 17, 2004 Dream Everest Expedition 2004
15 May 31, 2005 Climbing for a cure
16 May 19, 2006 Team No Limit
17 May 16, 2007 SuperSherpas™
18 May 22, 2008 The Eco Everest Expediton
19 May 21, 2009 The Eco Everest Expedition
20 May 21, 2010 The Eco Everest Expedition
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