Monday, September 4, 2006
Steamboat Springs Apa Sherpa, who has climbed Mount Everest more times than any other person, will speak in Steamboat Springs later this month.
Sherpa will appear at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel for a benefit for two Sherpas who died on the world's highest mountain this spring.
Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Matt Tredway, who was a member of the Team No Limits expedition on Everest in May, was instrumental in arranging Apa Sherpa's visit.
Tredway said he is committed to raising funds for the families of Lhakpa Tseri and Dawa Temba. The two sherpas were working for Team No Limits when they died in the Khumbu Ice Fall, an extremely dangerous section along the climb toward Everest's summit.
The sherpa are an ethnic group from the most mountainous region of Nepal, where the Himalayas dominate the landscape.
Many sherpas are highly regarded for their mountaineering skills and ability to perform in high-altitude conditions. Many teams that attempt to summit Everest employ sherpas to haul gear and guide them up the deadly mountain.
Tredway was turned back from his summit attempt by a health crisis of his own, but he remains energized by his trip to the top of the world.
"Apa has climbed Everest 16 times. He will give a slide show on Everest and answer questions," Tredway said. "He's very engaging and unbelievably humble."
Apa Sherpa will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Burgess Creek Room at the Steamboat Grand. Donations to the Lhakpa Tseri and Dawa Temba Memorial Foundation will be accepted at the door.