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Japanese Mountaineer and first women to conquer Mount Everest


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 Technique and ability alone do not get you to the top - it is the willpower that is the most important. This willpower you cannot buy with money or be given by others - it rises from your heart 
— Junko Tabei after becoming the first woman to climb Everest in 1975
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 I can't understand why men make all this fuss about Everest 
— Junko Tabei after becoming the first woman to climb Mt. Everest
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 I met my husband on a mountain, so my family has always been very supportive 
— Junko Tabei saying her family understands mountaineering
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 I'm going to continue climbing until I'm incapable. Maybe when I'm 70 I'll slow down, but until then, I'll keep going and do whatever my body can handle 
— Junko Tabei about her retirement plans
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 Anyone with a pair of feet who can walk can climb 
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 The most important thing is not being concerned about having the money, time or skills to climb, but the desire. Don't think too hard. Just do it. 
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 The mountain teaches me a lot of things. It makes me realize how trivial my personal problems are .. It also teaches me that life should not be taken for granted. 
— Junko Tabei about what mountains have thought her
 When I'm exhausted at the end of the day, I'm thankful that I'm at least safe and alive. 
— Junko Tabei speaking about mountaineering risks
 When my child gets a bad grade on a test, I tell myself it's not a big deal. I don't gripe. I'm able to look at the bigger picture. Climbing has changed my values. 
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 Once you're in the mountains, there's no convenience store to run to when you're hungry 
— Junko Tabei
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