Highs and lows of a record breaker

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Mark Reynolds

A BRI­TISH-Amer­i­can ex­plorer has be­come the first woman to reach Earth’s high­est and low­est points.

Af­ter scal­ing the peak of Mount Ever­est in 2012, Vanessa O’Brien has now trav­elled via sub­mersible to the bot­tom of Chal­lenger Deep.

It is the deep­est known point in the Earth’s seabed, lo­cated 1,600 miles east of the Philip­pines in the west­ern Pa­cific.

Div­ing more than 35,000ft below the sur­face, Vanessa’s June 12, voy­age saw her spend three hours at the bot­tom, where her craft en­dured eight tonnes of pres­sure.

Dual cit­i­zen Vanessa, 55, who moved to Lon­don in 1999 where she met her hus­band James, said: “It may sound funny but I found the Ever­est and Chal­lenger Deep ex­pe­ri­ences very sim­i­lar.

“Oxy­gen is in short sup­ply, you’re sit­ting for long hours or you’re stand­ing, you’re climb­ing or mov­ing very slowly.

“And they both have a ‘sum­mit’ mo­ment – the top or the bot­tom.

“But they’re in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful places and it’s al­ways an hon­our to visit them.”

In 2017 Vanessa be­came the first Bri­tish or Amer­i­can woman to climb K2, the sec­ond-high­est peak in the world. A Fel­low of the Royal Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety, she has also skied to both the North and South Pole.

The ex­plorer at the top of Ever­est

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