Junko Tabei – women we should know

In front of Tabei, who had already cleared numerous danger spots while also coping with the physical and mental stresses of high-altitude climbing, was an icy, knife-edge ridge forming part of the border of Nepal and China.

She would have to make a downward traverse of this ridge for about 14 or 15 meters — knowing that one mistake would send her plunging 5,000 meters on the northern, Chinese side or down to around 6,400 meters on the Nepalese side, where she could just see her Japanese Women’s Everest Expedition’s Camp II.  http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2012/05/27/people/junko-tabei-the-first-woman-atop-the-world/#.U394aoZLuJM

Junko Tabei is a Japanese mountain-climber who, on May 16, 1975, became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Wikipedia

“also the first woman to climb the “Seven Summits”: the highest mountains on seven continents.


  • Mount Everest – 29,029 feet – on the border of Tibet and Nepal.
  • Denali (the “Great One” a/k/a Mount McKinley) – 20,320 feet – Alaska – temperature gets down to -40 degrees at night – highest mountain peak in North America.
  • Elbrus – 18,442 feet – an inactive volcano in Russia
  • Aconcagua – 22,841 feet – the Andes, South America.
  • Carstensz Pyramid – 16,023 feet – Indonesia
  • Kilimanjaro – 15,092 feet – Tanzania, Africa.
  • Vinson – 16,050 feet – Antarctica – named for Georgia congressman Carl Vinson, a supporter of Antarctic research



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