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First Icelandic Woman to Conquer Everest

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First Icelandic Woman to Conquer Everest

Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir with Mt. Lhotse in the background.

Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir. Archive photo. Photo: Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir.

Icelandic mountaineer Vil­borg Arna Giss­ur­ar­dótt­ir reached the summit of Mount Everest last night, becoming the seventh Icelander to conquer the mountain and the first Icelandic woman to do so, mbl.is reports. She reached the top at 3:15 am Icelandic time, after an 11-hour journey from the fourth and final camp. Mount Everest is the highest peak in the world, at a height of 8,848 meters (29,029 ft).

Tómasz Þór Veruson, Giss­ur­ar­dótt­ir’s boyfriend followed her progress closely throughout the night from Iceland. “She feels really good and it has gone unbelievably well. They were exactly 11 hours on their way up. Then reached the top quarter past three Icelandic time,” he said in an interview with mbl.is.

According to an update on her Facebook page, Vilborg arrived at Camp 2 at 10:25 am today and will rest there overnight before continuing her descent tomorrow morning.

This is Vilborg’s third attempt to conquer Everest, her previous attempts in 2014 and 2015 being cut short in the wake of natural disasters on the mountain. Three climbers died on Everest only this past weekend, and one more is currently missing, mbl.is reports.

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