Profile: Ang Temba Sherpa

For Expedition Hanesbrands’ bid on Everest, a climbing effort that spans two months this spring, Temba estimates he has hired 60 porters to ferry gear. Yaks clomped into Base Camp in early April loaded with food, fuel, and equipment. For the Sherpa team — including cooks, climbers, and assistants that help in Base Camp — Temba hand-picked 20 trustworthy individuals from the area.

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Temba strikes a pose under prayer flags

During the climb, Temba directs minor details on up to major on-mountain decisions. He will work with the climbers to form a strategy for acclimatization and gear transport up past the Khumbu Icefall. He will help assess conditions for a summit push.

For the days of tough work high on Everest, climbers Jamie Clarke and Scott Simper will be in contact with Temba via handheld radios. Temba and Wally Berg, the expedition’s organizer and founder of Berg Adventure International, will dwell in the communication tent at Base Camp. Through static and storms, the Base Camp team helps direct the climb from afar.

In addition to his climbing expertise, Temba has a special relationship with Jamie Clarke. Temba served as Sirdar on the fall 2009 Hanesbrands expedition on Mount Pumori. Before that, Clarke had participated in three expeditions with Temba in the 1990s.

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Temba, Jamie Clarke, and Temba’s wife Yangzing

In 1997, Temba and his family helped organize Jamie’s wedding. Clarke and his wife, Barbara, were married in the village of Khunde in Temba’s home. Said Clarke: “I can’t imagine coming to Nepal and not working with Temba.”

—Stephen Regenold reported live from Nepal and Everest Base Camp for Expedition Hanesbrands’ http://climbwithus.com site and on Gear Junkie at our Everest Blog.

Commenting on post : Profile: Ang Temba Sherpa
Posted by Cynthia Briggs - 08/31/2010 09:39 AM

I wonder, is this the same Temba Sherpa who worked at the Thompson House in Jackson, NH the summer of 1994? He had summited Everest also and had his picture along with the team’s in the National Geographic.

Posted by Gear Junkie - 08/31/2010 09:49 AM

He’s worked a couple Nat Geo expeditions, so likely the same guy!

Posted by Cheryl Luria - 10/19/2010 07:59 PM

Yes it is the same Temba. He had come to the states after we had met in Nepal the, previous year and ended up staying with my friends Susie and Bob Symme in Jackson. How wonderful to see this and your comment wondering if it is the same person. Gotta love the internet.

Posted by Cynthia Briggs - 04/19/2014 07:55 PM

I pray that none of Temba’s family lost their lives in the avalanche on Mt. Everest. And wish him and his family well.
Cynthia, an old employee at Thompson House

Posted by Ang Temba Sherpa - 05/28/2014 03:29 AM

Hello this is Ang Temba Sherpa who know me as Temba.Yes we lost many friend on Everest.we all very sad. But my self doing well.I am not climbing mountain any more.I have small lodge in 13000ft.Please visit us when you are in Nepal.

Posted by Ang Temba Sherpa - 05/28/2014 03:29 AM

Hello this is Ang Temba Sherpa who know me as Temba.Yes we lost many friend on Everest.we all very sad. But my self doing well.I am not climbing mountain any more.I have small lodge in 13000ft. Please visit us when you are in Nepal.

Posted by Jason - 10/08/2014 03:27 AM

Yes, very sad to hear of the loss of so many great Sherpa. I hope the mountain will be more at peace this season.
It was great to meet Temba briefly on my trek there last year and I highly recommend people stop there for a chat, some food and to check out the great collection of climbing memorabilia.
Here is a pic of a display cupboard in the dining area… so many stories in one place!
www.gowildimages.com/Landscapes/Nepal/EBC/i-83St7Hh

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