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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Japanese Woman Oldest To Climb Mt. Everest

Cool story from NBC World News via great buddy Matthew of a Japanese woman who is the oldest woman to climb Mt. Everest, our planet's highest mountain.

Truly awesome stuff! If I am still alive at her age, I'm sure I'll be sucking on an oxygen tank at sea level, and here she is at up at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) above sea level.:


An estimated 150 climbers tried to reach the top Friday and Saturday as they rushed to use a brief window of good weather in an otherwise troubled climbing season. Many had been waiting at a staging camp for several days for their chance to head to the summit.

On a sad note, during the descent, four people died:
Shriya Shah-Klorfine, 33, of Toronto who was the first South Asian woman from Canada to get to the top; Wang-yi Fa, 55 of China - his Sherpa guide is still missing. 
These two were killed when strong winds hit the mountain.

Also dead this past weekend are: 
Dr. Eberhard Schaaf, 62, of Germany, and; mountaineer Song Won-bin, 44, of South Korea.

Everest can be a bitch.
Andrew Joseph

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