The second time was the charm
for 51-year-old Scottish climber Vicky Jack who was one of several climbers to
summit Everest on May 15-16, 2004. Vicky’s first attempt, during May 2003, was
turned back by bad weather about 300 feet short of the summit. The first break
in the weather this year allowed Vicky and
climbers from various countries as well as several Sherpa to reach the summit.
Attempts by earlier climbers to reach the summit were abandoned because of
hurricane force winds.
Vicky, a resident of
Balquhidder, Perthshire, is the oldest British woman to reach the summit and
the first Scotswoman to complete the Seven Summits by climbing the tallest
peaks on each of the seven continents. She is the second Scotswoman to summit
the world’s tallest mountain following Polly Murray, who conquered the peak in
Vicky runs her own consulting
firm when she’s not challenging the highest peaks in the world. She quit her
job as head of personnel with North of Scotland Water in 1997 to concentrate
on her quest for the Seven Summits. Her summits that first year included Mt.
Elbrus and Mt. Kilimanjaro, completing the European and African legs of the
Seven Summits. She would climb one of the Seven Summits each of the next four
years, completing all but Everest by August 2001.
part of her training in those early years Vicky would trek through the Munros,
Scotland’s highest mountain range, carrying a rucksack full of telephone
directories. In preparing for the extremes of Everest, where climbers burn
through an estimated 4,300 calories and 8-liters of fluid per day, Vicky
consumed dozens of cans of Irn-Bru, Scotland’s most popular caffeinated soft
drink, to try to add on some extra weight before the expedition. Even so she
remained “only a slight slim wee thing” according to friends. The lack of
extra bulk didn’t seem to dim Vicky’s stamina or enthusiasm for reaching the
Her climbing partners were
expedition leader Henry Todd of Kingussie, Inverness-shire and his wife Susan.
Forty-four year-old Susan became the second British woman to summit Everest
this year, and only the third Scotswoman to do so. Vicky capped her
achievement by planting a Scottish Saltire (a type of flag with a diagonal
cross that reaches the corners of the flag) atop the mountain as she had done
on each of the other peaks in the Seven Summits.
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