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Last Updated: Wednesday May 26 2010 15:10 GMT

Man climbs Mount Everest 20 times

Apa celebrating

A mountaineer is celebrating after climbing the highest mountain in the world for the 20th time!

The record-breaker called Apa first climbed Mount Everest in 1989, and he's repeated the challenge almost every year since.

He says he's trying to raise awareness of climate change and how it's affecting Everest's mountain range, called the Himalayas.

Apa grew up near Everest and has worked helping mountaineers since he was 12.

After the climb Apa said: "The rising temperature on the mountains has melted much ice and snow on the trail to the summit."

He reckons it's making it harder and harder to get to the top of the 8,850m peak.

Amazing expedition

Jordan Romero
Jordan looks pretty tanned after his climb!

Apa wasn't the only record-breaker on the mountain.

His climb came on the same day that 13-year-old Jordan Romero, from America, became the youngest person ever to reach the top of Everest.

Some mountaineers think that Jordan is too young to have made the dangerous adventure.

Leah chats with Jordan

Leah catches up with Jordan after his climb!

But Jordan's dad, who climbed with his son, said: "We were so prepared, everything went absolutely perfectly. This was an amazing expedition. Age has nothing to do with anything."

Jordan described the moment he got to the top saying: "We were having the time of our lives, and it was the best view, better than you can get anywhere in the world. A view of the world."