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[pct-l] Bronka Sundstrom
Here's the incredible story of Bronka!
Woman, 77, climbs Rainier - and makes good time
ASHFORD, Pierce County - A 77-year-old has become the oldest woman to climb
Mount Rainier. And she did it in a time that would be the envy of many a
younger climber: 19 hours round-trip. "I just never thought I could do it,"
said Bronka Sundstrom, who lives just outside Mount Rainier National Park.
"I'm an old lady."
Accompanied by two guides, Sundstrom set out from Paradise, elevation 5,420
feet, shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. She reached 10,080-foot Camp Muir in
three hours, 15 minutes.
She took a short break, then trekked past the tents pitched at Muir. Four
hours, 40 minutes later, she was at the peak's 14,411-foot summit. Most
climbers take six to eight hours to reach the summit from Muir. "What she
did was incredible, and that's what I wrote in the summit register," said
one of her guides, Jason Edwards of Rainier Mountaineering Inc. "I think
people like her prove that life doesn't stop at any given age. "It stops
when you give up, and she hasn't given up." Most climbers take at least two
days to scale the mountain and return, usually spending the night at Camp
Muir and leaving before dawn to attempt the summit.
"A one-day climb would be an extreme event for most mountaineers," said
Mike Gauthier, lead climbing ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. "There's
probably around 50 ascents like that a year out of 12,000 climbers, maybe
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