In the “tri” world, we often use the word “sherpa” colloquially, to denote a person or a group of people, who in some shape or form, physically help out the person participating in a triathlon, prior to and after the event. Those helping the triathlete, usually carry their bags, gear, bike, and related equipment to the race, hold onto some articles during the race and help them schlep the exhausted triathlete’s stuff back to their vehicle or accommodation after the grueling race. That’s what “sherpas” do when we watch them carrying mountain climber’s gear when they scale Mt. Everest in those National Geographic or Discovery Channel movies, right?
Today I was speaking with my friend Heather Krug at an LA Triathlon Club’s “1st Thursday.” First Thursday (FT) is a monthly get together for triathletes, old and new, to chat, hang out, exchange war stories, win prizes, flirt, wear non-spandex clothes and possibly get a date!!!!
Heather was telling me that at the end of the year (December 20th) she was going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,000 plus feet.) Heather, along with her friend, and co-climber Robyn, were telling me some incredible details about their upcoming climb. They hired a very experienced guide (he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro 14 times,) and will also have a personal chef, and a couple of porters.
So, today's takeaway is that Sherpa = Ethnic group!!!
YAY!!! I loooooove learning new things.
So that’s an interesting fact for “GSG---Fun Fact Friday!!!”