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Apa Sherpa Retires

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Apa Sherpa, Guinness World Record holder of the most summits of Mount Everest, has announced he will not climb the world's tallest peak again. He has been quoted that he will not climb above base camp in future visits to the mountain.

Apa Sherpa first summited in 1990 and since then has climbed 21 times. The most recent summit was earlier this year.

The 51-year-old mountaineer has been involved in the Eco Everest Expedition since the beginning of the campaign. Mount Everest has become increasingly filled with trash left behind by climbers. The Eco Everest Expedition works to clean the polluted mountain.

Apa Sherpa has broken his own record of climbing Everest several times in the past and we can expect his name to remain in the record books for some time.

Slingfin Creates New Climbing Tent Possibilities

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High altitude climbers have a new option for shelter while scaling mountains. Slingfin has designed a tent, which according to the company, all of the components are equally strong, making the tent stronger as a whole.

Based on Web Truss technology, Slingfin tents are designed to increase strength and are easier to set up. The system is constructed out a series of poles that fit into a continuous tent structure. All of the tent poles are made from aluminum and are the same length. This allows climbers to pitch the tent easier and faster. The company has also added reflective strips, in case the tent is assembled in the dark.

The tents range in size from standard alpine and mountaineering tents to a 23 foot dome. Smaller structures are used for sleeping quarters for climbers, while the larger ones are used as dining halls and communication centers.

Slingfin was created by industry veterans Martin Zemitis and Timothy Baka, both co-founders of Mountain Hardwear. Beyond the mountaineer…