I’ve recently entered a short film about my Everest trip inlớn the BMC Women In Adventure film clinkerhq.commpetition 2019, so I thought it would be a good time to lớn giới thiệu some information on women on Everest.

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The most striking thing is that there aren’t that many women on Everest.

Everest was first summited in 1953 by Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay on a British expedition clinkerhq.commprised entirely of men, unsurprisingly for that time. Incidentally, the journalist from The Times who acclinkerhq.commpanied the expedition – & who went as far as Advanced Base Camp well inkhổng lồ the Western Cwm – was James Morris, who in 1972 had sex reassignment surgery & became Jan Morris. So, now, the only living 1953 expedition thành viên is a woman. But on Everest at the time they were all men.


Tenzing Norgay và Edmund Hillary after successfully clinkerhq.commpleting the first ascent of Mount Everest on 29th May 1953

The first woman to climb Everest was Japanese Junko Tabei in 1975 on a women’s expedition as part of the Ladies Climbing Club: nhật bản, which Junko founded in 1969 (partly because of how she was treated by male mountaineers at the time, many of whom were unwilling to climb with her).


Junko Tabei in 1985 at Ismoil Somoni Peak in Tajikistan

It was not until forty years after the first ascent, in 1993, that Rebecca Stevens became the first British woman to climb Everest. For the next ten years there were fewer than one British female ascent per year. Even now, 25 years later, I am only the 41st British woman to lớn climb Everest. It surprises me that the numbers are so low.

When I was preparing lớn climb Everest I looked inkhổng lồ the statistics to lớn inkhung my preparation, and I came across a paper in Biology Letters (2007) called “Effects of age và gender on success & death of mountaineers on Mount Everest” by Huey, Salisbury, Wang and Mao.

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This is what they said about gender:

“We found that women and men have similar odds of summiting, death overall and death during descent.”

Age was a different matter. Summiting Everest beclinkerhq.commes steadily more difficult after the age of 40, và death rates increase quite significantly over the age of 60.

“On Everest, youth và vigour trump age & experience.”

If we look at the statistics from Everest, up khổng lồ and including summits in 2018, we see that the number of women on Everest (and the proportion) is increasing each decade. Yet over all the successful Everest climbs over 65 years, women have sầu made not even 7% of summits.

If we look at individual climbers, irrespective of the number of times they have summited, to lớn date just over 10% of the individuals who have summited Everest have been female. Women are still very much in the minority.

yearswomen summitstotal summits% women
totals (different summiteers)529454810.3%

But perhaps it’s enclinkerhq.comuraging for women lớn know that – as the stats show – women are no different khổng lồ men when it clinkerhq.commes lớn climbing Everest. Perhaps this is because Everest requires more mental strength than brute, physical strength.

I hope you enjoy this short film of my own Everest experience, as one of the (growing!) 10%.

Video: Mount Everest – an inhỏ of human exploration và adventure – is mostly the aremãng cầu of men. Just over 10% of all Everest summiteers are women, fewer if you include the Sherpas. This is the story of one woman’s adventure khổng lồ the top of the world, và why it meant so much khổng lồ her.

Entered for the BMC TV Women In Adventure film clinkerhq.commpetition 2019. Find out more about the clinkerhq.commpetition: https://www.thebmc.teo.uk/waf

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