“Dolly” Lefever held the title of the oldest surviving women to have reached
the summit of Mt. Everest (at the time of her summit). She reached the top of
the world on May 10, 1993. She would share the title with a Japanese climber
by the name of Yasuo Namba; both women were 47 years old when they climbed
Everest. Unfortunately, after Namba reached the summit in 1996 she was killed
in a storm during the descent. The record now seems to get broken every year
addition to climbing Mt. Everest, Dolly has climbed all
of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.
She made her first attempt at climbing Everest in 1989
from Tibet, but the climb was not a success.
Dolly lives in Alaska and is a
certified nurse and hypnotherapist. Back in 1973-74 Dolly volunteered her
nursing services to the Himalayan Rescue Association; a non-profit
organization formed in 1973 to help reduce casualties in the Nepal Himalayas.
Perhaps it was during that time she first decided that she too would climb