By Kraig Becker, The Adventure Blog
Big things are happening in the Himalaya, where teams have begun summitting Everest and other peaks. The news, of course, was that Apa Sherpa has claimed his 21st summit of the mountain, topping out Wednesday morning at 9:15 a.m. local time. The successful climb extends his record for the person who has climbed the world's highest peak the most times. Apa, and the rest of his Eco-Everest team, will now start cleaning up the mountain, as they have for the past few years, bringing tons of garbage, left behind by other expeditions, down to be properly disposed of. The team also leads the crusade to inform the general public of the effects of climate change on Everest as well.
The Adventure Consultants put a few climbers on the summit as well, working hard to beat the crowds that are expected at the summit over the next few days. It seems that all the major commercial squads are now in place, to have a crack at the summit. Good weather is expected into the weekend.
Stay tuned for much more over the next few days. Congratulations to everyone who successfully reached the summit today. Well done. And good luck to everyone queuing up to have their shot tomorrow and Friday.