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EVEREST

FIRST DEAF WOMAN IN THE WORLD 
FIRST DEAF AMERICAN 

Everest
Seeing Beyond Seven Summits

On May 22, 2023, Shayna Unger became the first Deaf woman in the world, and Scott Lehmann became the first Deaf American to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Just 26 hours later, on May 23, 2023, they became the first deaf individuals to complete a double ascent of 8000m peaks back-to-back, reaching the summit of Lhoste, the 4th highest mountain in the world.

Scott & Shayna Everest

After climbing three of the seven summits, Scott and Shayna were set to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain next, inspired by the fact that only one deaf person had achieved this before. They dedicated a whole year to training, preparation, and seeking sponsorships. During the two-month expedition in the Himalayas, they not only climbed, but also taught sign language and developed a communication system with their Sherpas, Mignmar Dorchi Sherpa and Mignmar Tenje Sherpa. On May 22, 2023, at 6:00 am, Shayna became the first deaf woman in the world and Scott the first deaf American to summit the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Just 26 hours later, on May 23, 2023, at 8:00 am, they reached the summit of Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.