Join Us for a Talk and Presentation
@ Denali Old Saybrook
Come hear what it takes to accomplish one of the greatest mountaineering feats in the world. Discover what drives athletes to succeed.
This talk and presentation is sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear. We’ll be serving traditional Nepalese food for you to enjoy as Lhakpa Sherpa describes the limits of human endurance.
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In May in the early morning, climbing from the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa summitted Everest for the ninth time. She broke her own record for most ascents of Mount Everest by a woman.
It’s an impressive superhuman accomplishment. Injuries on the mountain are common, and deaths occur despite safety precautions. Climbers must acclimatize to the extreme conditions and lack of oxygen. Exceeding the limits of human endurance, mountaineers risk hypoxia, pulmonary edemas, snow blindness, and more common injuries like frostbite and exposure. Most who attempt the climb fail to summit. Equipment failures forced dozens of climbers to abandon the summit this year. Others were injured when a section of the Khumbu Icefall collapsed. Put in context, Lhakpa Sherpa’s successes prove even more extraordinary.
Lhakpa Sherpa also holds the Guinness World Record for most siblings on an 8000 meter mountain simultaneously. She climbed Everest in 2003 with her sister and brother.