February 16, 2009

Brothers plot Everest record

A Nepalese man says he and his two younger brothers plan to attempt a world record by spending 24 hours on Mount Everest's peak.

Pemba Dorje Sherpa, 31, said he and his brothers Nima Gyalzen and Phurba Tenzing plan to start their expedition April 1 with a goal of reaching the summit of the Earth's highest mountain in May, the BBC reported Monday.

The current record is 20 hours on the summit.

Pemba says he and his brothers, who have all scaled the mountain before, will spend 24 hours on top of the mountain praying for peace in Nepal and the world.

Pemba said they will not be deterred from their goal by weather.

We can't tell how the weather will be, he said. We'll take all possible equipment, including ropes. There will be no problem with snow and wind. We're prepared.