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19 May 2013

who says i can't? oh, the King? (waves to Monarch from Mt. Everest summit 8848 meters above sea level)

Click tricked-out 1988 Toyota technical to enlarge

This bumper sticker used to adorn
my beloved Toyota 4x4 pickup truck
(when last seen, still doing tough hard chores 
in all horrible conditions & weather for
Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School
Northampton, Massachusetts USA)

DPA / Deutsche Presse-Agentur
founded 1949 / Headquarters Hamburg DE
Saturday 18 May 2013
(pickup from Haaretz / הארץ‎ Israel daily broadsheet)

First Saudi woman 

climbs Mount Everest

Raha Moharrak, a 25-year-old university graduate, reached the world's highest peak, said an official at the Nepal Mountaineering Department.
[foto:] Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at an altitude of 8848 metres, in northeastern Nepal

A 25-year-old university graduate has become the first woman from Saudi Arabia to climb Mt Everest, authorities in Nepal confirmed on Saturday.

Raha Moharrak arrived at the world's highest peak at around eight in the morning, said Tilak Pandey, an official at the Nepal Mountaineering Department.

Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by a conservative Sunni Muslim monarchy, strictly restricts the rights of women.

Moharrak was part of a group that included the first Qatari man and first Palestinian man to attempt to reach the summit.

The "Arabs with Attitude" group posted a message on its Twitter account congratulating Moharrak.

The first ever Saudi woman to attempt Everest has reached the top!! Bravo Raha Moharrak. We salute you

the message read.

Moharrak also became the youngest Arab to reach the summit.

Altogether, 35 foreigners and 29 Nepalis scaled the mountain on Saturday.

The month of May is a busy time on Mt Everest, as it is the best time of the year to climb.

More than 3000 people have climbed Mt Everest since it opened to the world in 1953. Hundreds have lost their lives attempting to climb it.

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1 comment:

Abbas said...

In the same vein, the first Pakistani woman also reached the summit with the same expedition.