Mountain Women

Last year, ten Nepali women, representing various ethnic groups and castes, made up the first all-women expedition to summit Everest.

Seven of the "Everest Women" will begin touring and giving presentations about gender equality and global warming. "We want to show kids that success comes with hard work and education; that neither age, religion, caste or the region you are from matters if you really want to achieve something," said Shailee Basnett, a 24-year-old journalist and member of the Everest team. They hope that their achievement will help dispel the notion that adventure sports are only for wealthy men. [OutsideBlog]