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First all-women African team ready to summit Mount Everest

1 May 2019 3:44 PM
Mount Everest
first for women
Four courageous South Africans are set to conquer their fears as they prepare to climb the world's highest mountain.

Four courageous South African women are preparing to summit Mount Everest in April and May 2020 as the first all-women team from Africa to complete the climb.

The aim of the climb is to fulfil their long-held dreams and inspire young women entrepreneurs to overcome metaphorical ‘mountains’ in their lives.

Read: First all-women team from Africa to tackle Mount Everest

The women, who are all mountaineers and leaders, are Lisa Gering, Alda Waddell, Deshun Deysel, and Tumi Mphahlele.

The ladies joined Azania Mosaka to speak about their expedition.

The idea came with Waddell who invited me for a cup of coffee and at the beginning of the conversation I was like: you have to do this, and you have to prepare this way. Towards the end of the interview I started saying oh, and then we need to do this and that.

Deshun Deysel, Mountain climber

She says they spent a lot of time speaking about how they are going to attempt to summit the mountain and 2020 seemed like a good time to do it.

Gering says she has not dreamt about climbing the mountain; she has been climbing mountains since 2010 but didn't have aspirations to climb Mount Everest.

I sat down with Rony, and he told me about this opportunity and would I like to be part of this climbing team? The opening was just too big and significant to say no.

Lisa Gering, Mountain climber

Mphahlele says she joined the team as she hoped to summit Everest eventually and she is excited.

I wasn't hoping that it would be this soon and I was taking it slowly. But when I look around and I think who can join the team, I realised if not me, then who.

Tumi Mphahlele, Mountain climber

Listen below to the full interview:

This article first appeared on 702 : First all-women African team ready to summit Mount Everest

1 May 2019 3:44 PM
Mount Everest
first for women

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