The Google doodle on the weekend celebrated what would have been Junko Tabei’s 80th birthday, she passed away in 2016. She was the first woman to climb Everest back in 1975. She was also the first woman to climb the Seven Summits.
“I was the 36th person to climb Everest,” Tabei told Sports Illustrated in 1996. In 1969, she founded a women’s climbing club. “Some thought I was there to meet men, but I was only interested in climbing,” Tabei told Sports Illustrated. The slogan was: “Let’s go on an overseas expedition by ourselves.”
Tabei climbed 69 major peaks in more than 60 countries and continued even after being diagnosed with cancer in 2012. “Everest has become too crowded. It needs a rest now,” she said at a 2003 parade in Nepal to mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the peak.
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Check out this awesome article from Foreign Policy! Take a look on their website (foreignpolicyi.org) to find an interesting little blurb about female mountaineer Junko Tabei. ⠀ ⠀ "Junko became the first woman to ascent all Seven Summits, and it made her an adventure legend."⠀ ⠀ Interested in learning more about Tabei and her amazing feats? Check out Helen Rolfe's "Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei"⠀