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Worldwide phenomenon A marathoner and mountain climber, she's on top of the world
An ex-smoker's peak performance lands her two Guinness records
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Records & achievements; Personal profiles; Marathons; Mountain climbing
Author: Brown, Emma S
Date: Jul 5, 2008
Start Page: D.1
Section: LivingArts
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It was the thrill of conquering those fears, coupled with a backpacking trip to the Himalayas - at age 50, her first time sleeping in a tent, and her first journey farther afield than California - that fueled her interest in travel and mountaineering. In 2001 she took a course with Alpine Ascents International, a Seattle-based guiding outfit known for helping clients reach the world's biggest peaks, and then set off in 2002 for Russia's 18,510-foot Mount Elbrus, the highest point in Europe.

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