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Before leaving, there had been logistics to finalize, including a last meeting with her personal trainer, a stop at the hair-dresser, a trip to the tailor to pick up her summit suit. In the days since she landed overseas, she lost a tooth and made an emergency visit to a Pakistani military hospital for nausea.

Now, despite the rough start, she waits at the foot of the peak, eyeing a potential weather window in late July. There is nothing left to do but climb. Dugan Arnett can be reached at dugan.

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You could hardly see it because the bones had become bleached and were partly embedded in the snow. There was nothing around it that could identify from whom it came; no clothing or belongings.

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So we thought it best to leave it where it was, rather than disturb it. It was a chilling reminder of just how dangerous the mountain is. For a long time there was this strange fact that women who did manage to get to the top either died on the descent or died a few years later. The first to summit was Wanda Rutkiewicz. She got there just ahead of French climber Liliane Barrard , then died on Kanchenjunga six years later.