Sunday, May 25, 2003

what now?!

Teenage girl conquers Everest:

Fifty years ago this week, Sir Edmund Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay found themselves at the top of the world's highest mountain.

They got there almost by accident - cutting around a hump before, as Hillary put it later, several 'whacks of the ice axe' and a few 'cautious steps' led them inexorably to Everest's snowy summit.

They must have realised that other climbers would follow, but could have been forgiven for thinking they would not include a small 15-year-old girl. But last night it emerged that Ming Kipa Sherpa, 15, had become the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest, after slogging up the last stage of the 8,848-metre peak on Thursday night.


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