In part I, a group of climbers and scientists organized funding for a research documentary this spring on the superior performances of the sherpas. The film will follow an all-sherpa team to the summit of Mount Everest. These six-members share 50 Mount Everest summits between the group.
"We are on the summit. We are all on the summit."
These two sentences broke radio silence at Everest base camp at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday. The broadcast confirmed the arrival of the SuperSherpas Expedition at the top of the world.
Climbing more than 7,700 vertical feet in less than 24 hours, the strongest team in Everest-history safely and successfully reached the 29,035-foot summit. Highlights included a record-breaking performance by Apa Sherpa, the Guinness Book of Records-holder of 16 Mount Everest summits. Apa Sherpa broke his own record with his 17th ascent while teammate who holds the Everest speed-ascent record at 10 hours, 56 minutes, 46 seconds, completed his 13th ascent.
Reaching the top was only one of the goals for the SuperSherpas. The team hopes that the awareness raised by their expedition and the documentary, set to be released this spring, will generate greater respect, fair wages, and contribute to education and improving health care in the Khumbu region of Nepal.
The documentary follows the team every step of the way, from a laboratory in the U.S. to the summit of Mount Everest. Myths of genetic predisposition unravel as viewers see first-hand what enables these men to out-perform others in such extreme conditions.
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