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Renton, WA– Chhewang Nima Sherpa–an accomplished professional guide and Everest climber with 19 summits to his credit–was caught in an avalanche on Mount Baruntse last week and feared has lost his life. Chhewang Nima was a brand ambassador for Sherpa Adventure Gear.
According to an October 24th article on Guardian.uk.com, Sherpa was caught in an avalanche on October 23rd while fixing ropes for a summit attempt of the 7,129-meter peak in eastern Nepal.
Tashi Sherpa, founder of Sherpa Adventure Gear, in a statement, said, “All of us at the Sherpa Adventure Gear family are deeply saddened to learn that our brand ambassador Chhewang Nima lost his life in a tragic accident on Baruntse peak. We pray to the Eternal Presence that his soul may find comfort in its journey and offer our deepest condolences to his bereaved wife and little children.
Chhewang was the complete Sherpa, humble and full of modest grace in spite of his tremendous status as an elite Sherpa mountaineer. We will miss his smiling presence deeply in the days to come.”
About Sherpa Adventure Gear
Sherpa Adventure Gear was founded in 2003 by Tashi Sherpa, who was inspired to start the company when he discovered that his uncle was one of the Sherpa on Sir Edmund Hilary’s celebrated first-ever expedition to the top of Mount Everest in 1953.Sherpa Adventure Gear—which manufacturers apparel for mountain adventures—honors the unsung Sherpa heroes who make high altitude Himalayan climbs possible for others by carrying the loads, laying the ropes and guiding the way.Sherpa athlete-ambassadors test and help design Sherpa Adventure Gear products, most of which are manufactured in Nepal in company-owned facilities. Sherpa Adventure Gear employs over 150 people in Nepal, and in 2009, furthered its local commitment when it opened the flagship Sherpa Gear House store and The Terrace bed and breakfast to welcome trekkers and climbers to Kathmandu. The Renton, Washington-based company also gives back to the Sherpa community by donating a portion of every sale to organizations that benefit their future, such as the Sherpa Education Fund.