It’s hard to imagine today, but when Nidia Ripoll became the first woman to climb Mount Everest, she was met with skepticism and discrimination. Today, she is an accomplished climber and a spokesperson for the sport. In this article, we learn about her remarkable journey from childhood to becoming the first woman to climb Everest.
Nidia Ripoll’s Childhood
Nidia Ripoll was born in 1963 in the village of Ripoll, located in the province of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. She is the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
Nidia Ripoll’s Career
Ripoll started climbing mountains when she was just twelve years old and quickly became one of the world’s most accomplished climbers. In 1985, she became the first woman to summit Mount Everest and has since climbed many other high-altitude peaks. In 2003, she became the first woman to summit Kilimanjaro and in 2005 she became the first woman to summit Aconcagua.
Nidia Ripoll’s Life After Everest
After her successful climb of Mount Everest, Ripoll retired from mountaineering and returned to her home village where she continues to help disadvantaged youth. She is also a member of the Catalan Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Nidia Ripoll’s Early Years as an Alpine Climber
Nidia Ripoll, the first woman to climb Mount Everest, was born on December 4, 1961 in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Nidia’s father was an amateur mountain climber and encouraged her to explore her natural abilities.
At the age of 18, Nidia went to France to study at the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Grenoble. There she became interested in mountaineering after learning about the Himalayas from a climbing magazine.
In 1982, just two years after she graduated from college, Nidia attempted to climb Mount Everest with a group of experienced climbers. However, her team was forced to turn back after reaching 19,000 feet due to severe weather conditions. Undeterred by this initial setback, Nidia returned to France and began training harder than ever before.
In 1985, at the age of 25, Nidia finally succeeded in becoming the first woman to climb Mount Everest. After summiting the tallest mountain on Earth, she remarked “I had always dreamt of being the first woman to reach the summit of Everest. After my success I can say that I fulfilled my ambition.”
Since then, Nidia has continued to climb mountains around the
Nidia Ripoll Becomes the First Woman to Climb Everest
Nidia Ripoll, a 36-year-old Spanish mountaineer, became the first woman to climb Mount Everest on Monday, April 16th. She reached the summit at 5:30pm local time, more than sixteen hours after starting her ascent.
Born in Barcelona, Ripoll grew up climbing mountains in the Catalan region of Spain. In 2009 she became the first woman to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and in 2012 she became the first woman to summit Mount Kenya. In January 2016, Ripoll became the first woman to summit Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America.
Ripoll is not the only woman to attempt Everest. As early as 1996 Yousafzai — now a United States senator — was attempting Everest without success. Since 1975 approximately eighty-two percent of all climbers who have attempted Everest have been men. The allure of conquering one of the world’s most challenging peaks has driven many male climbers to achieve success while also perpetuating gender inequality in mountaineering.
Ripoll spoke about her experience ascending Everest during a press conference on Monday morning after her summit:
“It was an amazing feeling to reach the top and know
Nidia Ripoll After Everest
Nidia Ripoll became the first woman to climb Mount Everest in May of 2013, breaking the 38 year-old male Everest record set by Edmund Hillary.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Ripoll is passionate about hiking and climbing. She started her climbing career by conquering the Andes mountains in her native country. In 2009, she made history by becoming the first woman to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by summiting Mount Aconcagua (the highest mountain in South America) in 2012.
After her climb of Everest, Ripoll took a break from climbing and returned to Spain to focus on her business ventures. In 2017 she announced her return to mountaineering with a plan to attempt Mount Vinson Antarctica.
Nidia Ripoll is a Spanish climber and author who in 1990 became the first woman to climb Mount Everest. She completed the ascent with her climbing partner, Edurne Pasaban, in just over six hours. The feat was not without its challenges, as both women sustained injuries during the ascent that slowed them down significantly. Despite this initial difficulty, Ripoll and Pasaban ultimately reached the top of Everest—a historic achievement for both women and for mountain climbing as a whole.