Oz mum, daughter climb Mt.Everest, achieve unique record

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Melbourne, May 24 : Two Sydney women -- a mother and her daughter -- have reached the top Mount Everest, creating history as the first mother-daughter team to climb the world's tallest mountain.

Cheryl Bart and her 23-year-old daughter Nikki reached the peak at 9.05 a.m. Australian time on Saturday after setting out on April 1, reports news.com.au.

A team spokesman said they were now the first mother and daughter team to have climbed the tallest peak in each of the seven continents.

Cheryl Bart and her daughter Nikki endured bitingly cold temperatures and several delays to reach the 8850-metre peak. Delays were also caused by the ascent of the Beijing Olympic torch earlier this month amidst tight security. The pair had their communications gear temporarily confiscated because of that event.

The website quoted Peter Habib, a spokesman for the pair's sponsor, Telstra, as saying earlier that they were very close to reaching the top and were in high spirits.

The pair left Camp Four at about 10 p.m. Australian time on Friday for the final climb to the summit, and it took them a little over eleven hours to achieve the the landmark feat.

Reaching the top not only gives them an Everest record, but also gives them the record of completing what is every climbers' dream set.

The pair has already climbed to the top of Australia's Mount Kosciuszko (2228m), Antarctica's Vinson Massif (4897m), South America's Aconcagua (6962m), Africa's Kiliminjaro (5895m), North America's McKinley-Denali (6195m) and Europe's Elbrus (5642m).

ANI

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