Israeli woman makes history as she summits Mount Everest

June 1, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A 43-year-old woman has raised the Israeli flag at the summit of Mount Everest.

Danielle Wolfson, the first Israeli woman to reach the peak of Mount Everest. Credit: Courtesy.

Danielle Wolfson, 43, is the first female Israeli to reach the top of the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) peak and only the fourth Israeli to do so. She reached the summit on May 23.

“I am happy and proud to be the first Israeli woman to reach the summit,” she posted on Facebook following her 45-day expedition with the Seven Summits Club.

Wolfson, a lawyer from Ramat Gan, broke multiple bones while skiing in 2011 and had to learn to walk again. She also began running, swimming and biking, and several years ago started going on climbing trips around the world.

She trained with a triathlon group for months before attempting her Everest climb in the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Chinese Tibet.

In January, she climbed Ojos del Salado, the highest volcano in the world. In March, she summited Mount Elbrus in her native Russia, the highest peak in Europe at 5,642 meters (18,510 feet). Wherever she goes, she hoists an Israeli flag.

From Sydney, Cheryl Bart told J-Wire: “On behalf of my daughter and myself we send a warm mazeltov to Danielle.”  In 2008, Cheryl reached the summit with her daughter Nikki who was 23 at the time. Cheryl added: “We still hold the world record of being the only mother-daughter team to have reached the summit of Mt Everest.”

Report by Abigail Klein Leichman (Israel21c via JNS) and J-Wire

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