All-Star Team of Sherpas For Everest

EverestNews.com is reporting that an All-Star Team of Sherpas have joined forces to summit Everest this Spring in an effort to raise awareness of the critical role that Sherpas play in insuring that the other climbers make it to the summit.

Apa Sherpa will be joined by Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa, and four others support memers, when they make their summit bid. Apa Sherpa holds the record for summiting the mountain, having stood on top 16 times, while Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa has set the speed record for a summit, by going up in a mind bending 10 hours, 56 minutes, and 46 seconds.

I’m not sure who all the other teams will be on the mountain come Spring. But my money is on these guys having the best chance of making it to the summit. Call it a hunch. Yeah, I’m good at predicting these things. 😉

5 thoughts on “All-Star Team of Sherpas For Everest”

  1. Sherpas are incredible, there isn”t really anything more you could say. Countless climbers owe their successful summits to the practically thankless job of the Sherpas. Even more owe their lives to the Sherpas.

    While some of the more successful guides and climbing stars get all the kudos and credit in the press… most can’t compare to some of the incredible Sherpa climbers that get very little recognition.

    Underpaid and underappreciated.

  2. Underpaid and Under appreciated is a perfect way to put it. Very few would succeed on Everest, or in the Himalaya in general, without them.

  3. Through this climb, Apa hopes the world will hear the Sherpa story.

    Beyond the Summit is the first work to dramatize the lives of Sherpas in fiction. Details of their culture and religion are interwoven in a tale of romance and high adventure. It has something for everyone: a love affair between an American journalist and Sherpa guide, conflict between generations as the modern world challenges centuries of tradition, an Everest expedition from the porter’s point of view.

    Barnes and Noble Review
    Average Rating: *****
    07/07/2006
    “Best book on Nepal ever… This is the book to read before you embark on your pilgrimage to Nepal. The author knows and loves the people and the country, and makes you feel the cold thin air, the hard rocks of the mountains, the tough life of the Sherpa guides, and you learn to love them too. This is a higly literate, but also very readable book. Highly recommended.”
    — John (college professor)

    Amazon Reviews:

    ***** (5 stars) Truth and fiction
    September 14, 2006
    Reviewer:Bernhard Fassl (Utah, USA)
    This book covers the daily lives of people in the Himalayas. It not even goes beyond the summit but beyond the Shangri_la image often painted by visitors, people in search of spirituality. The story in itself is immensely spiritual but not the circumstances under which life has to take place.
    I represent a volunteer organization IPPG (International porter protection group, check us out at […]) that gives high altitude porters a voice and I am depply touched by Linda LeBlanc’s account which is more truth than fiction.
    Bernhard Fassl MD

    Below are selections from reviews. To read the complete ones and excerpts go to http://www.beyondthesummit-novel.com

    A hard-hitting blend of adventure and romance which deserves a spot in any serious fiction collection. Midwest Book Review

    LeBlanc is equally adept at describing complex, elusive emotions and the beautiful, terrifying aspect of the Himalayan Mountains. Boulder Daily Camera

    LeBlanc’s vivid description of the Himalayas and the climbing culture makes this a powerful read. Rocky Mt News Pick of the Week

    A rich adventure into the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom. Fantastic story-telling from one who has been there. USABookNews.com

    A gripping, gut-twisting expedition through the eyes of a porter reveals the heart and soul of Sherpas living in the shadows of Everest. EverestNews.com

    Memorable characters and harrowing encounters with the mountains keep the action moving with a vibrant balance of vivid description and dialogue. Literary Cafe Host, Healdsburg, CA

    This superbly-crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure, and romance. The love story will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich longing. Wick Downing, author of nine novels

    The book is available from amazon.com, chesslerbooks.com, Barnes & Noble and Borders Stores, and the web site for an autographed copy.

  4. Nepalwriter: You’ve published this whole thing once before, and while your book sounds intersting, I don’t really like spam of any kind in my comments.

    I’ll leave this up for now but if you post it again, I’ll delete it. Your comments on any story are welcome, but self promotion only needs to go so far.

    Thanks!

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