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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jerry Mika, left, celebrates with Apa Sherpa, leader of the Eco Everest Expedition 2011, as he arrives in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, to well wishes and blessing scarves after reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for the 21st time May 11 at 9:15 a.m. Apa set a world record for the most summits of Mt. Everest. Apa has broken his own world record 10 times.
Apa Sherpa back in Utah after again conquering Everest
First Published Jun 01 2011 03:50 pm • Last Updated Jun 01 2011 03:56 pm

After extending his own world record with 21 trips to the highest point on the planet, Utah’s own Apa Sherpa arrived in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Apa, 51, set a world record for the most summits of Mount Everest. On May 11, as he stood at the summit of Mount Everest (29,035 feet above sea level), he broke his own world record for the 10th time.

The 5-foot-4, 120-pound native of Thame, Nepal, in the Himalayan Highlands, moved to Utah in 2006 and lives in Draper with his wife and three children.

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