Record Setting Climb for Mount Everest

Currently, the record for the most Mount Everest climbs is 20 and it is held by a Sherpa by the name of Apa. Apa completed his 20th climb on Mount Everest on an expedition called the Eco Everest Expedition of 2010. The expedition was in tribute to the world famous climber Edmund Hillary and as an environmental effort to help clean up the trash that has been abandoned along the mountain's trails.

Apa collected 15,400 pounds of garbage while climbing to the summit of Mount Everest. The garbage was taken down the mountain by porters. At the summit Apa had originally planned to disperse the ashes of Hillary, the first climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Buddhist lamas warned that scattering the ashes would bring bad luck. Therefore, the ashes of Hillary will stay at a monastery near the base of Mount Everest. In an effort to show respect for Hillary, Apa prayed for him at the summit of Mount Everest.

Apa first climbed the 29,035-foot mountain in 1989 and has repeated the climb almost every year since. His 20th ascent took place in May of 2010 and included 17 other Sherpas and 12 Westerners.

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