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Everest 2005: From Norway with A Touch of Ice
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Jan 27, 2005 04: 27 EST
Sigrid Hammer and Aud Jovall plan to be the first all-female team from Norway to climb Everest when they attempt Col. Mallory’s route (North side) next spring. And with a touch of class, they’re naming their team, ‘A Touch of Ice’. BC logistic service and high altitude Sherpa support will be hired from a local outfitter.

Just last year, on May 20th, Randi Skaug became the first Norwegian female to reach the summit of Everest. In a close ‘race’ with another Norwegian female, Cecilie Skog, Randi Skaug summited from Everest’s North side. Skog made the summit three days later. Before that eventful week, only 10 Norwegians ever stood on the top of Everest-- all were men.

Hammer and Jovall are both experienced mountaineers. However, neither has ever climbed above 7000m. Until Everest, Aconcagua will be the highest point both women have reached.

Actually, Sigrid Hammer has reached higher places before…just not on foot. In 1976, she became Norway's first female flight captain, flying heavy passenger aircrafts in civil aviation. The idea of a perennial ‘Battle of the Sexes’ is of no truth to Hammer. "I don't mind living in a man's world”, she says, “ as long it allows me the privilege of being a woman".

Sigrid Hammer was born in 1955. She is Flight Captain in SAS Braathen's. She has made expeditions to Mongolia, Siberia, Spitsbergen and latest to Aconcagua.

Aud Jovall has spent 10 years in foreign countries, including Canada and the US. She’s has worked for the Norwegian and the Danish ministries of foreign affairs as aid worker in Africa and the East for more than 6 years. Jovall has participated actively in cross country skiing and running for 20 years. She spends much time in the Norwegian mountains hiking and exercising all year. She has climbed mountains higher than 6000 meters in Nepal and has also climbed Aconcagua, as well as visited high mountains in the Caucasus.

Images on Sigrid, Aud and again Sigrid - at work this time, courtesy of Sigrid Hammer.
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