A teacher from Hong Kong is the fastest woman to have climbed Mount Everest.
Tsang Yin-hung, 45, climbed from base camp – at 17,390 feet – to the summit – at 29,032 feet – in 25 hours and 50 minutes.
The previous record for the fastest female climber was held by Phunjo Jhangmu Lama from Nepal, who climbed the mountain in 39 hours and 6 minutes, the New York Post reported.
“I feel kind of relieved and happy because I’m not looking to break a record,” said Tsang after her promotion. “I’m relieved because I can prove my work to my friends, my students.”
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Tsang only stopped twice on the way for her to change. On some of the highest trails, their ascent was not hindered by other climbers either.
Although Tsang saw some climbers on her way to the summit after passing the highest camp, they were all on the descent and did not slow her down.
Typically, with so few days of good weather on Mount Everest, hundreds of climbers try to reach the summit, which leads to traffic jams and long waiting times on the highest trail.
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“For the summit it’s not just not your skills, teamwork, I think luck is very important,” she said.
This was Tsang’s second attempt to climb Mount Everest. On May 11th she reached the summit very close, but had to turn back due to bad weather.
The fastest man to climb Mount Everest is Sherpa guide Lakpa Gelu, who reached the summit in 2003 in just 10 hours and 56 minutes.
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Tsang wasn’t the only person to recently break a world record on Mount Everest.
75-year-old Arthur Muir of Chicago was the oldest American to climb the world’s highest peak, beating the previous record set by Bill Burke, who was 67 years old when he climbed the summit.
Muir, a retired attorney, began mountaineering at the age of 68 and first made trips to South America and Alaska before attempting to climb Everest for the first time in 2019.
During this trip, he injured his ankle when he fell off a ladder and was unable to complete the ascent. He tried again this year and made it safely to the summit and back.
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“You can tell how big a mountain is, how dangerous it is, how many things can go wrong,” said Muir after his ascent. “Yeah, it makes you nervous, you know, it makes you a little scared and maybe a little scared.”
He added, “I was just surprised when I actually got there [the summit] but I was too tired to get up and on my summit pictures I sit down. “
A coronavirus outbreak among climbers and their guides at Everest base camp has forced at least three teams to cancel their expeditions. But hundreds of others have pushed through to attempt to climb the summit at a time when Nepal is on lockdown against its worst spike in COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.