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 Apa Sherpa                       Last Updated 4/14/2001

Update 3/15/2001: Apa to return to Everest in Spring 2001 as a member of the Japanese Odyssey Everest Expedition 2001.  The expedition has 5 members and will attempt Everest from the South (Nepal) side of the mountain. Apa had planned to go with the Bob Hoffman team on Everest in Spring 2001. Sources report to EverestNews.com that Bob Hoffman, an Everest veteran, is no longer planning an Everest Spring 2001 expedition.

Apa Sherpa, the first man to Summit Everest 11 times.

This is his Q&A. (Note: This interview was done before his 11th Summit.)

Q.) [EverestNews.com] After 10 summits of Everest, how many more times do you want to Summit Everest ?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] 4 more times.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Compare Summiting the North Side of Everest with the South Side.

A.) [Apa Sherpa] South Side much more technical. North side much longer climb from high camp. They are different.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Who do you think were the best non-Sherpa climbers you have climbed with?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Rob Hall..... Pete Athens, Anatoli, Todd Burleson.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] How would you compare these climbers to the best Sherpa climbers?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Sherpa are stronger. Well they always go farther. Sherpa take the ropes, fix the ropes

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Appa is this a job for you or an adventure?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] My job.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Do you get any adventure from it?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Only Work.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Do you have children?  How old are they...

A.) [Apa Sherpa] 4, ages 14, 10, 8, 5. Two boys , two daughters.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Would you want them to be Everest climbers.

A.) [Apa Sherpa] No. I want them to get an education.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] When you say NO, why?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Because of the danger.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] If you do not fix the ropes in Spring of 1998 on Everest South Side, does anyone summit the South side that year?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] NO. If I don't fix the ropes they all turn around like the around 60 climbers before that attempted that year....had to turn around.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] Should the bodies be left on Everest or should someone bring the bodies down from the mountain?  What do you think ?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Something should be done, bring them down. Yes, Good to bring bodies down.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] You have told us you have concerns about the payments made to the Sherpa climbers, tell us more...

A.) [Apa Sherpa] I am concerned about what the Sherpa guides are paid compared to the western guides. I would like to see them get paid more reasonably. More fair. Sherpa guides should be paid like western guides.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] What about the environmental concerns on Everest?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Getting better, bring down trash.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] How bad a problem?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Yes, Kathmandu worst.

Q.) [EverestNews.com] What could "western people" do more for the people of Nepal ? or should they stay away ?

A.) [Apa Sherpa] Western people are helping. Better to get involved then not. 

Apa Sherpa, one of the best Everest climbers ever... 

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