on top of the world

As the tallest point on the planet, Mount Everest belongs to everybody. We all have a responsibiiity to it.- Apa Sherpa

As the tallest point on the planet, Mount Everest belongs to everybody. We all have a responsibiiity to it.- Apa Sherpa

Inspirational! That is really the only way to describe the news I read today.

World record holder Apa Sherpa has just summited Mount Everest for the 20th time. His website details the story of his life, working as a Sherpa; a guide to travelers.  Beginning at the age of  12 , after the untimely death of his father he worked as an expadition porter, to help makes ends meet. He had to carry packs more then his own body weight, and sometimes work in treacherous and dangerous situations. Apa Sherpa describes how this was not his intended vocation, but  opportunities were very limited  growing up in Thame, Nepal.  His team that reached the summit this Saturday included American teenager, 13 year old  Jordan Romero.

This climb to the peak of the tallest mountain in the world set many new world records. Not only was Romero the youngest climber to reach the peak on Mount Everest, his guide Apa Sherpa holds the world record for most assents in history. Apa Sherpa has climbed a number of times to raise awareness about Climate Change and environmental issues related to the mountain, and to strengthen commitments to improve the lives of the people of Nepal.

Apa Sherpa and Carin Raiha reveal the banners that they will carry to the top of Mount Everest in May as part of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate 4 Life campaign.

Apa Sherpa and Carin Raiha reveal the banners that they carried to the top of Mount Everest in May 2009, as part of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate 4 Life campaign.

“The Campaign has brought the issue of Climate Change to the forefront of people’s consciousness in Nepal and communicated on the global stage the seriousness, rapidity and scale of climate change impacts on the Himalayas, its people, communities and biodiversity. It is a vivid example of WWF working in partnership with the entire spectrum of Nepalese society including students, business people, concerned citizens, whole communities and political leaders.”
Jim Leape-Director General, WWF International

Romero, a teenager from Big Bear California has reached his goal of climbing the tallest mountain in the world today. He  previously climbed six other of the worlds tallest mountains, including Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, as well as mountains in Australia, Europe, North and South America, and Oceana.  In addition to Apa Sherpa there is no doubt the support of  Romero’s family, community and even corporate sponsors played a role in making this day a reality.

Jordan Romero’s story evokes feelings that  he is no ordinary teenager. He is a young man who is an awesome example of what can happen when you believe in your dreams and work hard. This feat commands every person to stop and take note.  We are all capable of amazing triumphs.

We were all 13 year old kids once, and whether our goal was to  climb a mountain, gain a new level on a video game, pass a math test, or just catch a pop fly in left field, we can take pride in knowing that people are capable of acheiveing great things and dreams really do come true.

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