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Record Everest Climber To Dedicate Life For Climate Change

May 26, 2009

Bernama (Malaysia)
May 25, 1991

KATHMANDU, May 25 (Bernama) -- Appa Sherpa, a
Nepalese who has set a world record for maximum
number of ascents of world's highest peak Mount
Everest, has warned that its glaciers and ice
walls were melting at an alarming rate and could
soon pose danger of sudden flooding in villages lower down in Nepal and Tibet.

Sherpa, holds the record of nineteenth times
Everest summiteer said he wants to continue
climbing the Everest in the years to come in
order to spread message of impact of climate change across the globe.

"I will continue climbing the mountain till the
message of climate change get spread worldwide,"
he told reporters Monday at a programme organized
here to honour him, reports the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Appa, who for the first time reached atop Everest
(8848 metres) in 1990 scaled the Everest for the
nineteenth time on May 19 as part of the Eco Everest Expedition 2009.

Appa carried with him WWF banner with the slogan
"Stop Climate Change- Let the Himalayas Live" atop the Everest.

He also installed a Bumpa (sacred vase) blessed
by the Venerable Rimpoche of Tengboche Monastery
that contains 400 different sacred ingredients.

The offering was to seek to reduce negative
impacts of environmental degradation and restore
sanctity of the Himalayas as well as to promote world peace.
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