Iranian Everest ladies expedition: It's a go, with a few men in tow |
Mar 2, 2005 16: 58 EST
The Iran Mountaineering Federation was organizing an all female Everest expedition this year. Sixty nine women accepted the challenge and attended various test climbs around Iran since December. The all dwindled down to only 14, attending the final tests.
The Iranian ‘delegation’ on Everest won’t be exclusively feminine though: The National team of Iranian Men’s mountaineers will accompany this expedition and also attempt to summit themselves. The last successful climbs by an Iranian team on Everest was in May 1998, when four members summited the mountain.
Today, IranMountainZone shot over the final results. If successful, the ladies will be the first Iranian Muslim women to summit Mount Everest. The lucky winners of an Everest 2005 attempt are:
Iranian 2005 Everest Expedition (women)
1- Farkhondeh Sadegh
2- Rezvan Salmasi
3- Laleh Keshavarz
4- Roya Sadat-Ghazanfari
5- Leila Bahrami
6- Nasrin Nemati (Reserved)
7- Parvin Rezaei (Reserved)
Iranian 2005 Everest Expedition (men)
1- Reza Zarei
2- Shahab Raeisi
3- Azim Gheychisaz
4- Reza Bahadorani
5- Mehdi Sharifi
6- Farhad Azizi-Moghadam (Reserved)
7- Javad GheeahShenas (Reserved)
Image by Pouria Parchami of the first preparatory test in the Alamkuh area, courtesy of Iran Mountain Zone.