First woman atop Everest dies aged 77
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.