May was a good month for woman mountaineers: two women scaled Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Tampa native Pamela Pappas and her Sherpa guide reached the summit on May 13th. Suzanne al Houby became the first Arab woman to complete the climb of Everest when she reached the peak on May 21st.
Pappas, 40, (right) has spent the past five yearsscaling some of the most challenging peaks in the world, including Kilimanjaro, Denali, and Elbrus. Her goal is to scale the tallest peak on each continent, and she’s only got two more to go: Mount Blanc in France and the Carstenz Pyramid in Australia.
Al Houby, (left) a Palestinian native who is based in the United Arab Emirates, said of her successful climb, “I will never forget the moment when my dream became reality, when I saw the prayer flags flapping in the thin air, marking the summit of the greatest mountain on Earth.” She spent two years preparing for her climb. When she’s not making history, al Houby runs an adventure travel agency.