Sherpa Woman Climbed Mount Everest 7 Times, Beating Everyone Everywhere, NBD
If you ever feel like you aren’t dedicated enough to a cause or simply don’t work out as much as you should, let this Sherpa woman who climbed Mount Everest seven times make you feel even worse about yourself. But really, Lhakpa Sherpa, 42 years old who was born in Nepal but lives in Connecticut, where she works at a 7-Eleven has all of us beat. Most recently, she reached the summit from the Tibetan side, beating her own record, and a team of eight Russian climbers who were just behind her by three hours. She’s the only woman to complete the climb so many times. I mean, goddamn.
She’s out of control dedicated to that mountain. She first climbed in 2000 and was the first Nepalese woman to ever “ascend and descend,” according to The Washington Post. Everest isn’t the only thing she’s conquered recently, either. According to a profile of the climber in Outside Magazine, she met her husband, a Romanian-American named George Dijmarescu in Nepal and they fell in love with climbing and each other. He joined her in Connecticut, since she had family there and was working towards her American citizenship. He turned out to be, allegedly, crazy abusive, so much so that Lhakpa sought help from a women’s shelter and pressed charges against him. During a civil trial during their divorce and custody agreements, court documents show that he had to be restrained. He’s since been convicted for breach of peace against Lhakpa and served a 6 month sentence for second degree assault against her.
She told Outside Magazine, “I’m very sad inside, but I never show people sad. I’m all the time happy.” And hardcore. Despite her ex-husband threatening to kill her, her daughters, and himself, Lhakpa managed to return to Mount Everest and complete the climbs — all while working as a housekeeper and 7-Eleven employee in Hartford, CT. Not only has she returned to make the climbs, she’s also appealed to the Nepalese government to fund an all-female Sherpa climb. It was because of her efforts that the Nepali Women Millennium Everest Expedition set up camp in 2000 and she made her first go at the beast.
Now, she’s something of a celebrity within certain climbing circles, but generally unknown. She still lives in Connecticut but is always daydreaming about her home. She told Outside that she doesn’t have many friends in town. “I stay in house and I… God, I’m still thinking about the mountain. You know, my God, I need to go to Nepal.”