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Still only a small percentage of Everest climbers are female, here is a short story about one who summited last year, she tells honestly about the efforts and pains.
She will be speaking this week, proceeds go to a Charity for Women.


Kentuckian to share tales of Mount Everest
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By Linda Stahl
lstahl@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal
Getting Out

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A 33-year-old woman from Bowling Green, Ky., will visit Louisville next week to show slides and describe her remarkable feat getting her feet to the summit of the world's tallest mountain.

Mills Davis reached the 29,035-foot peak of Mount Everest May 24 and became one of fewer than 100 women to reach the highest place in the world.

"There are not many of us out there, but hopefully women can realize we're just as capable of doing this as the guys," Davis said in a phone interview from Bowling Green last week. "Women have great stamina."

At a fund-raising appearance in Louisville at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clifton Center, Davis will recount her journey.
She said she plans to talk about living conditions on the mountain and the technical aspects of making the harrowing climb. She also will talk about the culture of Nepal and the Sherpas.

Davis is thought to be the first Kentuckian to reach the highest point in the world. Organizations that keep track of climbers list them by name and nationality only. However, in the months since Davis' successful climb, no one has claimed that another Kentuckian preceded her, she said.

Mills Davis of Bowling Green, Ky., is one of the few women to scale the highest peak in the world.

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IF YOU GO
What
Slide show/discussion about Reaching the Top of the World.

Who
Mills Davis of Bowling Green, who climbed to the summit of Mount Everest May 24.

When
7 p.m. Wednesday.

Where
Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St.

Admission
$10. Buy tickets in advance at both Quest Outdoors locations, The Summit and 2330 Frankfort Ave. in Crescent Hill, or at the door the night of the event.

Benefactors
Proceeds go to Women 4 Women, a Louisville-based nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the health and economic well-being of women and girls in the community, and Girls Inc., a national, nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring girls to be "strong, smart and bold." Girls Inc. has chapters in Bowling Green and Owensboro, Ky.
 

 
Her adventure began when she left Bowling Green for Katmandu on March 27. She didn't return from Nepal until May 29. Before she left Kentucky, Davis had to raise money and train hard. She ran on hills, swam and lifted weights.
She also had to close her business, which bred Labrador hunting dogs.
Since her return, she has spent some time regrouping, healing and regaining the 10 to 15 pounds she lost living and climbing under harsh conditions.

Her weight is now back to normal. At 5 feet 9, she weighs 134 pounds. She has been taking daily walks with her dogs (four dogs, four miles a day), but otherwise laying off any training or exercise regimen.

She is the first to admit that her expedition on Mount Everest involved extreme discomfort and pain. She had a violent cough in the dry air, and a rib that was either cracked or separated from the surrounding cartilage made every cough a curse. The rib has healed.

She said she'd never attempt a climb of Everest again. So what about other climbing adventures?
"Just now, it's starting to get back into my realm of interest. My memory is changing, and it sounds so good again."

She's thinking of rock climbing in the West, but first a collarbone problem, another result of climbing Everest, has to be resolved, she said.

Linda Stahl's column runs Thursdays in Features. Call her at (502) 582-4666 or fax her at 582-4665.

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"He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary." -- Friedrich Nietzsche
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