Monday, 10 March 2014

Mount Everest and Me – Experience Untold

It is well known fact that very few in the world has been able to scale the summit of Mount Everest. Its harsh weather conditions, difficult trails and lack of oxygen makes it very difficult to reach the peak.
Since the time when the two well known mountaineers Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa scaled the peak way back in the year 1953, mountaineers from across the world has tried to reach this mountain peak, but even today the number is quite less total of 5652 times. 

Well that is the other side of the expedition but when Junko Tabei the 35 years old from Fukushima in Japan reached the Mount Everest summit from the South, she created history of becoming the first women to do so. 

While she was about to reach the peak, the team were forced to cross a narrow icy bridge close to 49ft long and it was so difficult that even a slight mistake would have sent them down to the base came from a height of 21,000 ft. 

Unlike climbers today, they did not have any access to any modern technologies or even advanced mountain climbing equipments like ultra light gear, stainless steel ice axe or polarized snow goggles. 

After the successful expedition, Tabai later shared her experience with The Japan Times, the problems she faced all the way to the peak till she returned back to the base came of Mount Everest. How she crawled along sideways to main a strong grip by kicking her crampons into the ice, how she fought the battle with the harsh weather condition and how she overcame all the struggles to reach the peak.  

 She was the first women to climb the world highest peak Mount everest 29,028 ft above sea level. Here achievement brought a new hope in the world for women and soon her achievement was regarded as the symbol of progress made by the Japanese Women and soon many women started to join the Japanese workforce in the development in every sphere than ever before.

Now it has nearly become four decades since Tabei’s journey to Mount Everest, the highest summit of the world and since then more than 3,000 climbers have reached the summit by the help of modern technologies and advanced equipments. 

The Nepalese government too has eased restrictions on issuing the permits, even amateurs with the help of the professional guides and local porters are able to climb the Everest. Now it has become a leisure activity to reach the peak,” she says. With this the mountain has become a crowded as well as populated place. 

Today she dedicates her time for environmental initiatives and sustainable mountaineering. She also heads the Himalayan Adventure Trust of Japan an organization that was set up in order to preserve the Everest habitat. Her success has paved the way for women to take the challenges and come up as a winner in not just mountaineering but in all the sphere of life.

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