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Swedish woman mounts Everest

TT/Rebecca Martin · 23 May 2011, 09:38

Published: 20 May 2011 13:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 May 2011 09:38 GMT+02:00

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“I must be the happiest woman in the whole world. I feel as strong as anything,” Pompe said before starting on the arduous trek to the top on Thursday night.

As part of a project called Deep Everest 2011, Pompe set out to become the first woman to climb Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen.

However, she admitted on the expedition's blog that she was forced to use oxygen at 7,500 metres.

The expedition left camp 3 at 8,300 metres shortly after 9pm local time, to begin the 8-hour trek to the top of the mountain.

They had reached the camp earlier during the day and spent some time recuperating, drinking lots of fluids and resting after what had been an eventful climb.

The trek to the summit was started in darkness in order to witness dawn at the top of Everest. According to the project blog, Pompe and the rest of her expedition were alone at the summit when day broke.

Pompe was overcome by joy when she realised that she was at the top and started laughing uncontrollably.

The latest report from the exhibition came in shortly after 9am CET when the group was back at camp 3 again. The plan is to start the descent as soon as everyone is rested and able.

Pompe’s Deep Everest 2011 project doesn’t end here. When she returns to Sweden she will start training for the World Championships in free diving in November.

She had hoped to become the person who has gone highest and deepest without the aid of bottled oxygen.

However, according to Pompe, the project is not about adrenaline kicks, staring death in the face or setting records.

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"It’s more about inspiring others to seek out adventure, smaller or larger, and make people stop contemplating life and instead go out and live it," Pompe wrote on her blog.

Editor's Note: a previous version of this story contained inaccurate information about Pompe's use of bottled oxygen. The error has not been corrected.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:48 May 20, 2011 by Roy E
Congrats on your good luck, because that's essentially what it boils down to.

Such 'conquests' It all depend upon the weather. If the sun shines, you're good. If a storm blows in, you're either abandoning the effort or you are dead.
14:49 May 20, 2011 by planet.sweden
Unusual choice of headline.
14:53 May 20, 2011 by eppie
@roy e.

When being at 8km it boils down to your lungs. She went there without oxygen bottles. Which still should give you some respect.

For the rest it is true that people are cueing up on the slopes to reach the top of mnt everest. That's why it also specifically says *pompe and her team were alone' because that indeed doesn't happen all the time.
15:06 May 20, 2011 by Swedesmith
Lucky for Everest.
15:06 May 20, 2011 by Roy E
I don't think a lot of it because it's unnecessary risk taking for the sake of an ego trip.
15:14 May 20, 2011 by konferans1
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
17:05 May 20, 2011 by Atlas
@planet_sweden, i totally agree. Apparently The Local doesn't get it's double meaning, and what makes it hilarious it mention a Swedish woman, considering the stereotype associated with the words Swedish & woman...
17:07 May 20, 2011 by calebian22
Freud would be so very proud of the article title.
22:18 May 20, 2011 by RobinHood
Everest told reporters today, "I feel used! She was only on top for a few minutes and then she left. She didn't even stop for a cigarette, and didn't leave me her phone number. She doesn't ring, she doesn't write; Swedish girls are all the same when they're abroad."


Swedish girl accuses Everest of sexual assault and applies for the Nepalese mountain to be extradited to Sweden for questioning. An arrest warrant was tonight issued by Swedish prosecutor Madeleine Nye.
08:34 May 21, 2011 by helveeta
I want to "Mount" Everest! :P
18:57 May 21, 2011 by swedejane
One wonders what lies next in her mounting conquests...
10:20 May 23, 2011 by hughknows
" Annelie Pompe BECAME REACHED Mount Everest's fabled 8,848 metre summit on Friday"

"a previous version of this story contained inaccurate information about Pompe's use of bottled oxygen. The error has NOT been corrected."

How many errors must an article have, before you can call it a 'The Local' article?
15:58 May 25, 2011 by motti
Well better than the Swede mounting a sheep.
23:15 June 17, 2011 by Bookmark_Terry
I have always been fascinated by Mount Everest (especially from the safety of my own home). I applaude Annelie Pompe for her great success. Congratulations on an incredible accomplishment!
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