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    2 Sherpa guides scales Everest setting new records

    KATHMANDU, Nepal —
    A veteran male Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest for the 22nd time, setting a record Wednesday for the most climbs of the world’s highest mountain, while a female Sherpa made it to the summit for the ninth time, shattering her own record for the most climbs by a woman.

    Kami Rita reached the summit on Wednesday morning with a team of foreign climbers and a fellow Sherpa guide and was already safely descending to a lower camp by the afternoon, said Gyanendra Shrestha, a government official stationed at the base camp.

    The 48-year-old was among three men — all Nepalese Sherpa guides — who had tied the previous record of 21 successful ascents of the 29,035-foot peak.

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    From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, shattering the record for women she set last year.

    associated press