First woman atop Ever­est dies aged 77

The Myanmar Times - - World -

The first woman to con­quer Mount Ever­est, Junko Tabei of Ja­pan, died aged 77. She died of peri­toneal can­cer at a hos­pi­tal in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Ja­pan’s pub­lic broad­caster NHK and Ky­odo News said, quot­ing her fam­ily. She com­pleted the first con­quest of Mount Ever­est by a woman in 1975, ac­com­plish­ing the feat via the south­east ridge route. She went on to con­quer soar­ing peaks in sev­eral con­ti­nents – in­clud­ing Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia, Mount McKin­ley in the United States and the Vin­son Mas­sif in Antarc­tica – herald­ing the era of women climbers.


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