Record-Breaking Climb on Mount Everest

May 23, 2024

Up here, the air is thin but the dreams are big sometimes the words aren’t enough to describe the journey or the climb.

Mountaineer and Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita (aka #EVERESTMAN) discussing the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, in a recent Instagram post.

Why It Matters: Mountaineer and Nepali Sherpa guide Kami Rita, 54, summited Mount Everest for the 30th time, breaking the record he reached earlier in May. For three decades Kami Rita has continued to climb Everest nearly every year.

Nepal (a country in South Asia) has a vast number of high peaks; as a result, the mountaineering sport, and Everest’s climbing season, helps drive the country’s economy.

Did You Know? Sherpas are a Nepalese ethnic group numbering around 150,000. They are renowned for their climbing skills and superior strength and endurance at high altitudes” (NPR).

More Context: Kami Rita’s record-breaking announcement comes after news of two fatalities and as search and rescue efforts continue for two climbers who went missing after an accident near the mountain’s death zone– a dangerous area with limited oxygen.

Read More: Nepal sherpa scales Everest for record 30th time; two climbers go missing (Reuters)

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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas