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April 4, 2002

Climber Marjorie M. Cross '65 Sets Her Sights on Everest

The Khumbu icefalls present one of the trek's most severe challenges, a moving valley of ice shot through with bottomless crevasses that climbers traverse via aluminum ladders—sometimes several ladders lashed together with rope. Here climbers must also negotiate precariously perched, house-sized chunks of ice called seracs, known for their predilection to topple without warning. During their acclimatization routine, Cross and her teammates will likely go up and down the icefalls at least ten times.

Having hiked 130 miles across the corrugated back country of Nepal, five women will arrive this Friday at Everest Base Camp. The group's aim: to become the first American all-female team of climbers to reach the summit of the world's highest peak. Among the five alpinists is Marjorie M. Cross '65, known as Midge, of Mazama, Washington. If she succeeds, Cross, at fifty-eight, will be the oldest woman ever to reach the summit. The alumna claims she isn't out to break any records. Says Cross, "If I reach the top, which I have absolutely no guarantee of doing, it would just be a wonderful accomplishment—for me." more>

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Future Margaret Meads to Gather at MHC for Five College Anthropology Conference more>

Black German Writer to Discuss Growing Up in Nazi Germany more>

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First Five College World Music Festival to Be Held April 14 at Hampshire College more>

Saving Segovia: Phillip de Fremery's New Transcriptions Preserve the Maestro's Legacy more>

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