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— by Tanya Foubert: She was widely known as the first woman to summit Everest, which she accomplished in May 1975 as a member of the first women-only Everest team. Then she became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits – climbing the highest mountain on each of Earth’s seven continents.

Overall though, Junko Tabei, who died in 2016 at the age of 77, remains revered as a compassionate, humble, enthusiastic and devoted lover of nature.

Prior to 2018, however, Tabei’s story was available to readers only in Japanese. That all changed with the publication last year of Honouring High Places: The Mountain Life of Junko Tabei

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May 9, 2019