Historic Everest climb for Kiwi

VERTICAL LIMIT: Dean Staples is the first New Zealander to ascend Mt Everest nine times.
VERTICAL LIMIT: Dean Staples is the first New Zealander to ascend Mt Everest nine times.

Kiwi climber Dean Staples has reached the top of the world's highest mountain for a ninth time.

It is believed to be the most successful climbs of 8848-metre Mt Everest by a New Zealander, although he may not have the record by himself for long. Another mountaineer from this country, Mark Woodward, who has climbed Everest eight times, is also in the Himalayas now.

Staples, who made his latest climb almost 60 years after Sir Edmund Hillary became one of the first two people to reach the summit, is lead guide for company Adventure Consultants' 2013 expedition to Everest.

The company said that along with Staples, New Zealand guide Lydia Bradey also reached the top today, her third ascent of Everest. Among the company's clients who succeeded in climbing the mountain was New Zealand video game designer Dean Hall, who goes by the online handle of Rocket.

Mark Morrison from Adventure Consultants said everyone in the company's group who set out today to reach the summit had made it. In total, there were three guides and seven clients, along with several Sherpas.

"People are obviously tired, but that's to be expected, and are just making their way slowly down," Morrison said from the company's Wanaka headquarters around mid-afternoon.

The weather on the mountain today had been good, although a little breezy.

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