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Norwegian Lady tops Everest
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May 21, 2004 12: 44 EST
Randi Skaug reached the summit of Everest yesterday the 20th of May. She is the first Norwegian female to ever reach the top of Everest.

By satellite telephone today at 1:50pm Randi Skaug (44) reported that she had reached the top at 11AM on May 20th. She is now resting at the North Col (7100 m). She was very tired and very happy.

Randi reached the top together with two sherpas. The three of them spent the night at 8300 meter before they went for the top the next morning. The two other expedition members, Truls Evensen from Norway and Paul Firth from South Africa, are planning to reach the top Sunday May 23th.

10 Norwegians have succeeded in reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and they are all men. There are two Norwegian women attempting Everest this year, if they reach the summit they will be the first Norwegian women ever to do so.

Randi, 44, is part of the Norwegian American North Everest Expedition; a team of four Norwegians and two sherpas. The NANEE plan was to plant the Norwegian flag on the top of Everest on the Norwegian national day on the 17th May.

Cecilie, 29, left on the 29th of March and hoped to reach the summit by the middle of May. She has climbed Blanc, Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus, Kili, and Cho Oyu, among others. She is a nurse from Alesund, Norway.

Both ladies are climbing the North side.

In 1996 the Norwegian, Liv Arnesen, also the first woman to reach the South Pole solo and unsupported, made an attempt on Everest, but was stopped short of the peak.

Image of route courtesy of Randi Skaug, photo of Cecilie (left) courtesy of Cecilie Skog.

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