MOUNT EVEREST BASE CAMP ― Apa Sherpa just broke his own world’s record by summiting Mount Everest for the 20th time at 8:34 a.m. Saturday.Apa’s goal in climbing this year was to help efforts to increase educational opportunities in the Khumbu Region, which includes the areas around Mount Everest.In a statement he prepared in anticipation of reaching the summit, he said, “I am thankful to have been able to climb Mount Everest for the 20th time. I climbed this year to raise awareness about the Apa Sherpa foundation, which is dedicated to increasing educational opportunities for people in the Himalayan Region. I also climbed to bring attention to the damage done to the Himalayas because of global climate change.”The Apa Sherpa Foundation was recently organized as a nonprofit organization to help Apa extend the educational opportunities that his children have to his fellow Sherpa in the Khumbu. For more information, go to http://www.apasherpafoundation.org/.Apa was just named the SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for Climate Change. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.Apa would also like to thank his sponsors that made this new world record possible:SD7 Technology Group – IT Business ServicesFirst Ascent / Eddie Bauer – Official OutfitterSuunto – Superior High Altitude WatchesHot Chillys – Highest Quality Performance Base LayersTravel Host MagazineBohemian Brewery – Voted Number 1 Best Brew & Grill in UtahDiamond Mold, Inc / BiomericsHoopes Vision – The Leading LASIK Eye Surgery Practice Serving the Salt Lake City, Utah Area8 Zone – A New Weight Loss Program That Was Created by Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton OhnoAsian Trekking Partners with SuperSherpas (R) – For Your Himalayan Adventure Travel, and Expedition NeedsSolarus Lending Group
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