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Local man among 11 latest to reach top of Everest

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 22, 2009 at 8:26 am |
May 22, 2009 8:26 am

International Mountain Guides of Ashford placed 11 more climbers on the summit of Mount Everest last night raising its total for the season to 26.


Among those making the summit was local climber Justin Merle who has climbed Mount Rainier more than 100 times including a round trip to the summit that took just 4 hours, 49 minutes, 35 seconds last July.


This was Merle’s third Everest summit.


Here’s a list of the IMG climbing party members that made the 29,035-foot summit.


1. Ms. Petya Stanimirova Kolcheva (Bulgaria)

2. Ms. Mei Ying (Joanne) Soo (Singapore)

3. Ms. Peh Gee Lee (Singapore)

4. Mr. Jonathan Michael Shae (USA)

5. Mr. Justin Reese Merle (USA)

6. Mr. Kamen Marinov Kolchev (Bulgaria)

7. Mr. Danuru Sherpa of Khumjung VDC Ward #9 Phortse, Solukhumbu—this is his 7th Everest summit

8. Mr. Nima Karma Sherpa of Khumjung VDC Ward #9 Phortse, Solukhumbu—this is his 3rd Everest summit

9. Mr. Phinjo Sherpa of Khumjung VDC Ward #9 Phortse, Solukhumbu—this is his 5th Everest summit

10. Mr. Pasang Rinji Sherpa of of Khumjung VDC Ward #9 Phortse, Solukhumbu—this is his 3rd Everest summit

11. Mr. Datenji Sherpa of of Khumjung VDC Ward #9 Phortse, Solukhumbu—this is his 5th Everest summit


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