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Legendary Sharon Wood Talks to Gripped on Podcast

Sharon Wood was the first woman from North America to summit Mount Everest in the mid-1980s with a big Canadian team. In the below clip, Wood talks to Gripped editor Brandon Pullan about pre-Everest life, the trip to the top and life after the historic expedition.

In the below photo by Carlos Buhler, Wood is at about 6,300 metres on Huascaran Sur in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru during the first ascent of the route called Southern Cross on the Anqosh Face in 1985. Listen to the podcast here.

“She was climbing with a cracked scapula in her right shoulder as a result of being struck by falling rock four days earlier in the climb,” wrote Buhler on his blog.

Wood was part of a number of international expeditions that saw new routes up a number of aesthetic peaks.

Sharon Wood at about 6300 meters (20,700 ft.) on Huascaran Sur, Cordillera Blanca, Peru during the first ascent of the Route of the Southern Cross on the Anqosh Face, 1985. She was climbing with a cracked scapula in her right shoulder as a result of being struck by falling rock 4 days earlier in the climb.
Sharon Wood. Photo Carlos Buhler