Hong Kong teacher fastest woman to conquer Everest

Ada Tsang Yin-hung reached the world’s highest peak in just 25 hours and 50 minutes.

People hike up snow-covered mountains.
Ada Tsang became the first Hong Kong woman to scale Mount Everest back in 2017 after two failed attempts in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Image: Open Content

CAPE TOWN, June 1 (ANA) – In her fifth attempt climbing Mount Everest, Hong Kong teacher Ada Tsang Yin-hung became the fastest woman to reach the world’s highest peak in just 25 hours and 50 minutes last week.

According to the publication China Daily, Tsang became the first Hong Kong woman to scale Mount Everest back in 2017 after two failed attempts in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Last month, on May 11, Tsang had made her latest attempt up to the peak but was forced to turn back due to bad weather before finally breaking the record a week later.

Ahead of her 2017 achievement, she underwent seven years of strenuous training, with her main goal to set an example to her life education students about perseverance, determination and being a winner in life.

“To all young people today… they have no reason to give up if they fail once, twice or even more times at something, because hard-earned success is always sweeter than the easy ones, not to mention the extra knowledge one gains from setbacks,” said Tsang.

“Some people say you can succeed if you want it badly enough, but in reality one needs more than determination and perseverance to win,” she said.

Tsang added that to become successful at anything, you also need the knowledge and skills in order to excel, and that with whatever difficulties one encounters in learning, it will prove worthwhile later.

The BBC reported that Tsang set out from base camp at 1.20pm local time on May 22 and reached the top at 3.10pm the next day.

According to a Nepalese government official, Tsang beat the previous women’s record set by Phunjo Jhangmu Lama in 2017 of 39 hours and 6 minutes, and that it usually takes climbers several days in different camps to reach the top.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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