The first woman
Mt. Everest's summit.
1975: Japan's Junko Tabei becomes the first woman
to reach Mt. Everest's summit.
In 1992, Tabei was the first woman to complete
the Seven Summits on all seven continents.
Junko Tabei is a Japanese mountain-climber,
who became the first female to reach the summit of
Mount Everest on May 16th, 1975.
Tabei was born May, 23th
at Fukushima Perfecture in 1939.
She says she was attracted to mountain climbing
by the experience of climbing Mt. Nasu
with a teacher when she was 10 years old.
She went to Showa Women's University
and is married with 2 children.
She began climbing around 1962 after graduating
from Showa Women's University where she studied
English literature and joined the mountain climbing club.
She formed a women's mountain climbing club;
"Ladies Climbing Club: Japan(LCC)" in 1969.
She also enjoyed mountain climbing with her husband,
they climbed Mt. Fuji
and some of the highest mountains in Japan.
She also climbed the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.
mountain climbers in Japan.
The Yomiuri newspaper and Nihon Television
decided to send an all-woman team to Nepal
in order to challenge the unforgiving Mt. Everest.
Fifteen women including Junko out of hundreds
were selected for the expedition.
After a long hard training, early in 1975,
they traveled to Katmandu,
where they found nine local Sherpa people to guide them.
They used the South-East Ridge route the same route
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay took in 1953.
By early May,
the women camped at a height of 6,300 meters,
and there they were resting
when an avalanche struck their camp.
The women, including Junko and the guides,
were buried under the snow.
Tabei lost consciousness for about six minutes
until her Sherpa guide dug her out.
Twelve days after the avalanche,
Tabei became the first female to reach the summit of
Mount Everest peak on May 16th, 1975.
she has climbed many mountains all over the world,
and is the first woman to have achieved the summits
of the highest peaks on all seven continents.
In 1992, Tabei was the first woman to complete the
She still climbs at least 3-4 mountains per year.
She currently is the director of
Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan (HAT-J),
an organization dedicated to preserving
the mountain environment.
edit @ 17 May 2008 21:22:15 by rei*