Mountaineer Junko Tabei Dies

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Junko Tabei , the first woman to reach Mount Everest in 1975 has died at the age of 77.

Japanese mountaineer Junko Tabei was born in 1939. She conquered the world’s highest peak that towers a colossal 8,848 meters on May 16, 1975 when she was 35.

In 1992, she also became the first woman to climb all “Seven Summits,” a grouping of the highest peak on each continent.

A graduate in English literature from Showa Women’s University, Tabei also founded the “Ladies Climbing Club: Japan” in 1969.

During her lifetime, Tabei scaled summits in over 60 countries and continued to travel abroad five to six times a year, to pursue her passion even after she turned 70.

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