“Over the years, four women have died in their attempts to reach the top of Mount Kangchenjunga. And it makes me very grateful about how lucky I am to have made it to the top of this mountain safely, and to be the first woman to do so and then be able to return home safely.”

Ginette Harrison is a professional female climber with three countries of origin; UK, USA and Australia.

In addition to being a high-mountain climber, Ginette is a medical specialist who specializes in medicine at altitude. This medical education was completed by Ginette at the University of Bristol.

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On 7 October 1993, Ginette Harrison became the second British woman to summit Everest after Rebecca Stephens. Meanwhile, on December 1, 1995, Ginette became the first British woman (the third woman in the world) to successfully complete the seven summit circuit version of the Dick Bass list (by including Mount Kosciuszko as the representative of the Autralasia continent).

On the same date, Ginette became the second British female climber (behind Rebbeca Stephens) to successfully complete the Reinhold Messner version of the seven summit circuit (by including the Carstensz Pyramid peak in Indonesia as the representative of the Australasia continent).

Then on May 18, 1998, Ginette Harrison again appeared to be the first woman in the world to reach the world’s third highest peak (Kangchenjunga).

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On this climb, Ginette Harrison in particular considers herself very lucky, because before Ginette’s arrival at Kangchenjunga there had been several female climbers who had tried to reach her, but died. One of those unfortunate climbers was Wanda Rutkiewicz, Poland’s greatest female mountaineer.

In addition to Kangchenjunga, Ginette also listed her name as the first female achievement of the eight thousand meter mountain in Makalu. Ginette reached Makalu Peak on 22 May 1999.

On Sunday, October 24, 1999, 41-year-old Ginette Harrison was hit by an avalanche while trying to climb Mount Dhaulagiri. Besides Ginette Harrison, there was one other sherpa from a different expedition, who had also died from being swept away by the same avalanche at the time.

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