His first gig was as a low altitude porter servicing mountaineers ascending Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest peak in the world. After 15 years as strictly a porter, Ang Rita took on guide duties, and began assisting mountaineers climbing Everest. “He challenged science and human physiology,” Ang Tshering, the former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, and a one-time partner of Ang Rita’s, said of the snow leopard. None of whom could match Ang Rita’s record for high altitude climbing breathing only with the power of his own lungs. “But I have always consoled myself that it is the way of a mountaineer’s life.”The snow leopard had three sons, a daughter, and eight grandchildren.