||The Japanese and Chinese women climbers
will combine forces on Everest in 2005 to form a joint expedition to
honor the fact that 30 years ago the first woman summiting Mt Everest;
her name was Junko
The Chinese are expected to include at
least 2 women who have summited Everest before. It is also expected
that this expedition will help with the attempt to measure the height of Everest!
The snow cover on Everest is melting, however the official height is
not expected to change. It is unclear how they expect to measure the
mountain. There are not GPS markers on the north side of Everest,
which combined with the thin air, results in very poor GPS reading
from Sat phones and other traditional GPS measurement devices
according to the experts.
The Japanese has 5 members lead by
Shiori Hashimoto, a at Tokyo Women's Medical University.
Junko Tabei: (Japan) became
the first woman to reach the summit of Everest on 5/16/75 via the South-East
born Fukushima Prefecture JAPAN - 1939, went to Showa Women's University and
is married with 2 children. 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 began climbing around 1962 after graduating from Showa Women's University
where she studied English literature
She formed women's mountain climbing club
"Ladies Climbing Club: JAPAN (LCC)" in 1969. Junko became the first woman to
reach the Everest peak in 1975. Since then, 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.
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 preserving the mountain environment.
Her most notable Summit climb of late: Muztagh Ata
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