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Nepali, British climbers extend Everest records

AFP | Kathmandu, Nepal   

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Mount Everest saw a record-breaking day Sunday as Nepali climber Kami Rita Sherpa and Briton Kenton Cool reached the top of the world’s highest mountain, extending their records for the most summits by a Nepali and a foreigner.

Sherpa, 54, reached the peak for the 29th time and Cool, 50, made his 18th summit. “Kami Rita and Kenton Cool both reached the summit today, making records,” Rakesh Gurung of Nepal’s tourism department told AFP.

A guide for more than two decades, Sherpa, also known as “Everest Man”, first summited the 8,849-metre (29,032-foot) peak in 1994 when working for a commercial expedition.

He has since climbed Everest almost every year, guiding clients. It was not immediately clear whether he had a client with him on Sunday.

“Back again for the 29th summit to the top of the world... One man’s job, another man/woman’s dream,” Sherpa posted on his Instagram account from base camp last week.

Sherpa climbed Everest twice last year to reclaim his record after another guide, Pasang Dawa Sherpa, equalled his number of ascents.