Valerie Parkinson - Manaslu Without Oxygenby Jack Geldard & Valerie Parkinson Nov/2008
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"We all summited without supplementary oxygen and reached the true summit. We believe I am the first British woman to summit without supplementary oxygen."
Valerie is 49 years old and hails from Blackpool. She works as a trek leader and Asia Base Manager for Exodus Travels UK.
Valerie explained her previous experience:
"I have done trekking peaks up to 6400m before... I am not a climber and Manaslu was my first 8000m peak. I was with Phil Crampton and his company Altitude Junkies. Phil taught me how to climb on the mountain."
There have been very few British expeditions to Manaslu (8,163m & eighth highest mountain in the world). Adele Pennington recently made the first British female ascent (UKC News) with Jagged Globe. Valerie's ascent is likely the second British female ascent.