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Apa Sherpa Summits Everest for 21st Time

11 May

For the 21st time, Apa Sherpa has successfully climbed to the top of the world, breaking his own record. The 51-year-old Nepalese man, who now lives in Colorado, arrived at the summit after climbing all night through what expedition leaders called “perfect” weather.

Apa and the five other climbers with him were climbing as part of the Eco Everest Campaign, which aims to document the impact of climate change on the mountain and remove thousands of pounds of trash left behind by previous expeditions. Apa first reached the highest point on Earth more than 20 years ago, in 1990. Over the last four years, he has participated in the Eco Everest Campaign.

News of Sherpa’s triumph comes at a sad moment for Everest. Earlier in the week, 82-year-old former Nepalese foreign minister Shailendra Kumar Upadhyaya died shortly after reaching Camp 1 on the mountain. He was attempting to become the oldest person to summit. 29 people have already reached the summit this year and more than 3,000 people have reached the top since 1953.

Kenton Cool Tweets From Mount Everest Summit

8 May

British mountain climber Kenton Cool became the first person to ever tweet from the top of Mount Everest on May 5. Cool (pretty epic mountaineering name, no?) used a Samsung Galaxy S II to make the first 3G call and send a quick tweet from the summit.

His message read: “Everest summit no 9! 1st tweet from the top of the world thanks to a weak 3G signal & the awesome Samsung Galaxy S2 handset!” The feat was possible thanks to a Ncell, a Nepali mobile network operator, which installed the first cell tower last November at Everest Base Camp.

Samsung sponsored Cool as part of a marketing campaign. He also spoke with the BBC from the summit saying, “The world is getting smaller and smaller. We got a 3G signal on the summit of Everest. How incredible is that?”

Here’s video of Cool phoning his wife, Jazz, from the summit. She obviously is terrified about why she’s receiving the call.