Vanessa wants to be first Amer­i­canBri­tish woman to sum­mit K2

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IS­LAM­ABAD—Climber Vanessa O’Brien aims to be­come the first Amer­i­can-Bri­tish woman to as­cend the K2, the high­est sum­mit in the world.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence, she said the six-mem­ber con­tin­gent, in­clud­ing her, were on self-spon­sored ex­pe­di­tion to sum­mit the K2. The other climbers in­cluded Dukchung Lama, Jam­ling Bhote, Ang Ch­hir­ing Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi and Estalin Suarek, she said.

Vanessa said it would take al­most six weeks to com­plete the ven­turs which started from Tues­day. She would be car­ry­ing the UN Women’s flag show­ing gen­der equal­ity and women’s em­pow­er­ment.

“Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity helps build self-con­fi­dence and in­di­vid­ual em­pow­er­ment, be­sides pro­mot­ing good health,” she said.

Ve­nessa said she re­ceived love and respect in Pak­istan and while back home she would try to end mis­con­cep­tions about the peo­ple, cul­ture and se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Pak­istan.

“Climb­ing K2 as the first-ever Amer­i­can and Bri­tish woman would give me a plat­form to help re­move those mis­con­cep­tions,” she said.

She said she planned to carry Pak­istani, Amer­i­can and Bri­tish flags to the sum­mit as a sign of sol­i­dar­ity, in­te­gra­tion, friend­ship and respect for one an­other.

She said she saw the sum­mit as con­tin­u­a­tion of the strong and en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Pak­istan, the UK and the US.

“I am thrilled to climb the world’s sec­ond high­est peak (K2),” she said.

Vanessa is the Guin­ness World Record holder for be­ing the fastest woman to climb the Seven Sum­mits, the high­est peak in ev­ery con­ti­nent, in 295 days.

She is the fastest woman to com­plete the Ex­plor­ers Grand Slam (Seven Sum­mits plus ski­ing the last de­gree to the North and South Poles) in 11 months, and one of only nine women to do so in the world. She is also the Honorary Am­bas­sador of the US Nepal Climbers As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. and Ad­vi­sory Board Mem­ber for Thom­son Sa­faris.—APP

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