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Sherpa Details Record Everest Trip

June 1, 1999

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Appa Sherpa’s record-tying 10th trip to the summit of Mount Everest was a grueling _ and grisly _ experience.

His expedition was delayed two weeks when he helped rescue two ill climbers.

When the climb finally got under way, the dry weather left bare the usually snow-covered route, revealing the corpses of at least nine climbers who had died trying to conquer the world’s highest mountain.

``Every time I leave for an expedition, I get scared. But it is my profession and I have to do it for my kids,″ Appa Sherpa told The Associated Press upon returning to Katmandu on Tuesday.

Appa Sherpa, 40, reached the summit May 19 with American climber Ghorghe Dijmarescu, 38, from Hartford, Conn.

Appa Sherpa’s ascent tied the record set three years ago by his hero and neighbor, Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to climb the 29,028-foot mountain 10 times.

Appa Sherpa’s climb was delayed two weeks when he helped in the separate and exhausting rescues of sick climbers from Japan and the Ukraine.

Since New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa, climbed Everest in 1953, the world’s highest mountain has been scaled about 800 times. About 180 people have died en route. Sherpas, a Himalayan people, have become essential guides and porters for Everest expeditions.

``I don’t know how many more times I will be able to make the trip to the summit. But I will be leaving on an expedition this autumn,″ Appa Sherpa said.

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