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Everest South side further summits: Shaunna Burke
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May 30, 2005 05: 13 EST
Canadian Shaunna Burke reached the summit of Mount Everest late last night, becoming the second Canadian woman in history to reach the top of the mountain, according to the Ottawa Citizen.

"It took quite awhile," Ben Webster – following Shaunna’s climb from home - told the paper. "Shaunna was in the first couple of climbers to reach the summit. Burke's climbing group was the first to succeed the climb from the south side this year.” (Ed. Note: The first team to reach Everest from the South side was Mountain Madness’. Shaunna might have been climbing along with them).

Burke and three Sherpas left Camp Four for the 10- to 16-hour oxygen-assisted climb to the summit at 10 p.m. local time.

Peggy Foster, another Canadian lady climber attempting the North side, decided to wait for better weather. She plans to leave ABC today or tomorrow.

Image of Shaunna in Everest BC last year, courtesy of Ben Webster/algonquincollege.

Shaunna Burke and Ben Webster were returning to Everest to finish an attempt which ended in high winds at South Col last year. Sponsored by Telecom Ottawa, Ben Webster, Everest summiter and producer of the award nominated 6-part mini-series for the Discovery Channel was leading the small team and streamed satellite video to highschools of the Ottawa Carelton School Board.

Shaunna has been on Everest twice filming for the Discovery Channel and returned this year to summit and carry out her Ph.D. thesis on the psychology of Everest climbers.
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