Reaching New Heights: Journeys To Everest And Beyond
A dishwasher at Whole Foods in West Hartford, Lhakpa Sherpa is also the only woman to complete nine... yes, nine... expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest. This hour, the world record holder stops by our studios to share her remarkable journey as a climber, an immigrant, and a single mother.
Later, we also sit down with former Connecticut resident Erik Weihenmayer who, in 2001, became the first blind person to successfully climb the 29,000 feet to Everest's peak. We hear his story and we also hear from you.
- Lhakpa Sherpa - West Hartford resident and mother; in 2018 she became the only woman to climb Mount Everest nine times
- Erik Weihenmayer - Blind adventurer, speaker, and author of several books, including Touch the Top of the World and No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kyak the Grand Canyon
Hartford Courant: Sherpa From West Hartford Scales Mount Everest For Record Ninth Time - "From the Chinese side of the mountain, Lhakpa Sherpa, 44, of West Hartford, also reached the summit Wednesday for a record ninth time, setting the women’s record."
CNBC: Erik Weihenmayer: The only way to climb Everest is to go do it - "Weihenmayer is the only blind person to climb the Seven Summits, which consists of scaling the tallest peaks on each continent. In 2014, he also solo kayaked the Grand Canyon, a journey of 277 miles along the Colorado River. Then there are his 50 solo sky dives."
This episode originally aired on August 24, 2018.