First Ascent: Mount Everest



In 1975, Junko Tabei became the first women (of an all-female party) to summit Mount Everest. An adventure that was no small feat, particularly for a woman from rural Japan in a time where women often didn't finish high school or leave their hometowns. Tabei was an exception - graduating from Tokyo University with a degree in English Literature, founding a woman's mountaineering club, and standing on the summits of all 7 of the tallest peaks on each continent. 

On the anniversary of Tabei's death, Outside Magazine's Brad Frenette reflects on some of his conversations with one of the world's most influential mountaineers.