“A Final Interview With Junko Tabei – A few months before Junko Tabei died, she looked back on her summit of Everest, and what drove her to keep climbing.
In October 20, 2016, mountaineering lost one of its most important figures—77-year-old Junko Tabei, the first woman to reach the top of Everest and to climb the Seven Summits.
Early last year, several months before her death, I contacted Tabei, hoping to speak to her about her 1975 Everest expedition as research for a larger project. That initiated a months-long email correspondence through her translator. Throughout our conversation, she was still moving, still climbing. I didn’t realize until later that she was simultaneously battling peritoneal cancer.”
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