SEPANG, May 5 – One year after conquering the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, Malaysia’s woman climber Siti Hanisah Sharuddin, will take on the highest mountain in the North American continent, Mount McKinley. Accompanied by her trainers, Muhammad Illham Ishak and Zainudin Lot, Hanisah, 24, left for Alaska, in the United States of America today from the KL International Airport (KLIA). Mt McKinley is on her wish list of scaling the highest peaks across seven continents, an expedition which is expected to end in January next year. Besides Everest, Hanisah has so far conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Mount Elbrus in Russia.

“The expedition will take about 22 days because the mountain is steep and unlike on previous climbs, we have to carry the necessary items ourselves which will require us to go down several times to bring them up,” she said. Muhammad Illham, who will be 37 on Friday, said this would be the fifth consecutive year he was celebrating his birthday on some of the highest peaks in the world. “This year, I will try to take on this mountain which is 6,194 metres high,” he said. Meanwhile, President of the Seven Continent Exploration Club (KE7B), Muhamad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin, said if Siti Hanisah succeeded in completing the mission, she would be the first Malaysian and first Muslim woman to climb the mountain. “We will support her so that Siti Hanisah succeeds in completing the Seven Highest Peaks in Seven Continents Climbing Mission,” he said.

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