Update Page 2005
Update 4/6/2005: Off for the border tomorrow morning 6AM.
Mr and Mrs
Hillary with Lakpa Sherpa and her 15 year old sister who summited
Everest last year...
Update: Lakpa Sherpa and her husband George
Dijmarescu are in KTM
planning to head to the mountain soon. The Maoist strike might delay them for
a few days, but as veteran climbers, it is nothing to get them excited about.
Lakpa and George
this year are again using an Asian Trekking permit made up of independent
climbers. George, despite what you might have read elsewhere falsely
is NOT a guide, George is just a climber who likes to take this summer vacation
from his construction business to go climb Everest. He has summited the last 6
years in a row, once without the use of bottled oxygen, something only Sherpas can claim... Lakpa hopes to summit for
the 5th and 6th times this spring season. No other woman has summited more
than twice. Lakpa, like George, climbs without guides.
Background: Lakpa Sherpa
grew up in Makalu, Nepal. In her village there was no school so she worked. In 2000, she
was the leader of the Sherpa woman's expedition sponsored by
Asian trekking. She became the first Nepali woman to Summit Mount Everest and
return alive on May 18th, 2000. In 2001, she returned to the mountain. Alleged
that she was sexually harassed, a story that has never been told publicly, she looked
help. She found George Dijmarescu on the mountain and she joined with him and
summited the mountain a second time in 2001. In 2002 she married George and
they had a baby girl, Sunny. Her Everest career, took a year off in 2002 for
having the baby. But she returned
in 2003 with her 15 year old sister and summited for the third time. George
Dijmarescu oxygen failed on summit day, so he summited later in the season
that year for his 5th summit of Everest. George has also reached the summit of
Aconcagua, in Argentina, the highest mountain in the Americas, and Denali, aka
Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, etc... In 2004, they returned to Everest with "The
Connecticut Everest Expedition 2004". George and Lakpa summited, for his 6th time (one
without oxygen) and her 4th time.
So who is this woman who has summited Everest 4 times and
married a man who swam the
Danube River, jumped from a moving train and made his way alone through the
Alps to escape the brutality of communist Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu?
As Lakpa gets ready for her 5th
summit of Everest, with a goal of summiting the world's highest mountain 10
times, look at who she is: First the facts and video: Lakpa has
summited the mountain 4 times on the 4 expeditions. Something only a few that walk
this earth a few can say...
Lakpa, for those who know her, is a complex woman. Take a look at the videos
on the PBS site and the stories PBS ran (partnering with EverestNews.com in
some cases in the past). Get a rare look at this woman climber who is setting
a standard on Everest...
THE STORY Synopsis of "Dreams of Chomolongma"
Make sure you watch the VIDEO! So
you see Lakpa Sherpa!
PBS Frontline 2003 Update on Lakpa
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