...Imagine being Farkhondeh Sadegh, a graphic designer, and Laleh
Keshavarz, a dentist (sorry - no photos of the climbers)the two Iranian women who earned this title Monday morning. They reached the summit, together with six Iranian men, all of whom were among a 21-member Iranian team that included seven women. Their success marked the end of a 10-week
expedition where they survived bad weather and an avalanche that injured some of the
Could you image climbing this?!
Another first belongs to Mona
Mulepati, who led a three-member team to become the first non-Sherpa woman from Nepal to reach
the top of the world. She is Newar, Kathmandu's main
ethnic group. This is apparently a big deal because, while Sherpa men have
gotten used to the idea of assisting Sherpa women in scaling Mount Everest, they're not exactly
interested in more local competition. So I’ve heard.
A couple of Mount Everest tidbits
Junko Tabai of Japan was the first woman to scale Everest...30 years ago.
Fewer than 100 women in the world have climbed Everest.
Mount Everest is actually called Sagarmatha, which means “goddess of the sky”
Bay Area Velo Girls The San Francisco Bay Area's only road cycling club
exclusively for girls and women. Voted Best Cycling Club in the CitySports Magazine, 2004 and Best of the Bay Reader's Poll 2002, 2003, and 2004!
AIDS/LifeCycle More than 1,900 cyclists and volunteer "roadies" are participating in this 7-day, 585-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They're expected to raise more than $5 million for the HIV/AIDS-related services.