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Female Begins Assault on Himalayas

Posted October. 02, 2006 07:02,   


Female climber Goh Mi-young (39. Kolon Sports team Challenge) conquered the summit of Cho Oyu, 8,201 meters up, in the Himalaya at 12:15 p.m. yesterday (Korean time).

Goh, who left for the Himalaya on September 3, reached the summit in 15 days since departing an advanced base camp at 5,100 meters in Tibet on September 15.

Goh was once a world ranking number three in sports climbing (artificial wall climbing). Goh planned to become the first female mountaineer to conquer all the 14 peaks of 8,000 meter-level in the Himalaya by 2012 after switching to the climbing of high-altitude mountains beginning last year. Reaching the Cho Oyu summit is the first step of her long journey.

Goh, who was a leader of the Himalaya expedition consisting of entertainers for the victory of Korean national soccer team in the 2006 Germany World Cup in May, set out on a journey to the highest peak Everest (8,850 meters) after climbing the Island peak (6,189 meters) but gave up halfway, due to frostbitten ankle.

Goh is expected to return to Korea in November after challenging the Shisha Pangma (8,027 meters) on her expedition.