Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.
This past Saturday morning, at what felt like Oh dark thirty, I found myself trudging up Camel Back Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. 2,706 ft to the top, like a Phoenix rising, I was determined to make it. Trudging… I was embracing the steep terrain, inhaling the beautiful hues of granite and sandstone, the cactus,sunshine and scenery. My mind drifted, as it is prone to do, thinking it is Black History Month, and as Dr. Martin Luther King declared in his final speech, I too would say, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.”. My partner in the hike is a seasoned climber, On Your Mark, Get Ready, Set, Go! February 12, 2015, www.menopausebarbees.com/mark , so he kept his eye on me as I trudged. I wanted to take it slow, actually my heart and lungs needed to take it slow, so I introduced myself to a new partner in climb, Jancy Audet from Chicago, owner of Chicago’s Girl on the Go. I immediately liked Jancy who appeared to have the same “Situational Tourettes” which I had developed. Jancy, was trudging along with her husband, and beyond fit 70 year old father. We became fast friends and our seasoned leader, Mark educated us and we enjoyed the ascent, descent and victory together.
In honor of Black History Month, today, I wish to shine in the Menopausebarbee Spotlight on the first African American female to reach the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest in the Himalayas. I hope this will inspire you to remember whatever you are reaching for, keep on climbing, the view is worth it from the top.
At 7 a.m. on May 19, 2006, Sophia Danenberg reached the top of Mount Everest. Withstanding bad weather during the night that delayed some other climbers in her party, Pa Nuru Sherpa and his brother Mingma Tshiring were the only climbers to witness the event. At the time, Danenberg was suffering from bronchitis, a stuffed nose, frostbite on her cheeks, and a clogged oxygen mask.
Since 1953, approximately 2,500 people have reached the summit.