Climbing Competition in Queens on Everest Day

(Photo via Everest Times)

The climbing competition to celebrate Mount Everest Day at The Cliffs at LIC (Photo by Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa/US Nepal Climbers Association via Everest Times)

The Everest Day Open Top Rope Climbing Competition was organized to mark Mount Everest Day on May 29 in New York.

The US Nepal Climbers Association Inc., an organization of Nepalese mountain climbers based in the U.S., and Heart Beat New York, a nonprofit group to help street children in Nepal, jointly organized this event to celebrate the day at The Cliffs at LIC in Queens.

On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa became the first to successfully ascend the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Nepal has been celebrating the day as Mount Everest Day.

Usually, the organizers would celebrate by offering prayers to God but this time they did it differently.

Serap Jangbu Sherpa, the president of the US Nepal Climbers Association, said, “Earlier we used to celebrate this day by simply going to temple and offering prayers but this time we thought of doing the competition. I am happy that we are able to pull it off successfully.”

Forty-two participants from different nationalities took part in the competition in various categories.

In the men’s category, Bryce Viola secured the first position, followed by Jangbu Sherpa. Narendra Shahi clinched the third-place spot.

In the women’s category, Ashima Shiraishi won first place. Lachi Kunsang Gurung and Anita Gurung secured the second and third positions respectively.

In the under-15 youth category, Darren Skolnik landed in the top spot, Nora Chi grabbed the second spot before Olivia Ma who came in third.

Winners were awarded with cash prizes of $500, $300 and $250 with gift baskets. Similarly, winners in the youth category were awarded $250, $150 and $100, also with gift baskets.

(Photo via Everest Times)

Competition judges (Photo by Lakpa Nurbu Sherpa/US Nepal Climbers Association via Everest Times)

The judges of the competition were Serap Jangbu Sherpa, Passang N. Sherpa, Ngawang N. Sherpa, Howard Sebold, Bee Clark, Robert Anderson and Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa.

Go to Everest Times for more photos.

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