In 2006, Sophia Danenberg became the primary African American and, therefore, the first Black woman to climb to the summit of Everest in Nepal, the world’s tallest mountain.
Since 1953, only about 2,500 people have reached the highest, and quite 300 people have died trying.
But the doubtless deadly climb wasn’t in the least easy for Sophia. When she reached the height, she was affected by bronchitis, a stuffed nose, frostbite on her face, and a clogged breathing device. Nonetheless, she made it to the highest and made it back alive.
She has also successfully climbed other famous mountains including Mount Tasman (in New Zealand), Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania), Mount Rainier in Washington State, and Mount Kenya (yes, in Kenya).
Also a businesswoman
Sophia, however, is wholly just a mountaineer. A graduate of Harvard University, she works for Boeing as an aerospace industry expert in the global chemical and environmental regulations. Her job is to advise the corporation on EH&S policy developments and interfacing with global trade associations, governments, the United Nations, OECD, APEC, and other intergovernmental organizations.
Before launching her career, Sophia was a researcher-writer for a travel guide in Thailand and a Fulbright Fellow in environmental economics at Keio University in Tokyo.
She didn’t continue her first hike until she was in college when she went hiking with a lover.
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