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Sherpas are the forgotten heroes of the mountain: Valerie Parkinson at TEDxEverest

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Valerie Parkinson is a seasoned expedition leader -- one of the few women to have that role in the world. In 2008, she became the first UK woman to summit the peak of Manaslu at 8163 meters. She attempted to summit Mount Everest in 2009, but was forced to turn back at the South Summit due to frostbite that event took the toes on her left foot. She continues to climb and lead expeditions throughout the Himalaya and beyond.

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