Saturday, December 4, 2021

Swedish freediver conquers Everest


Annelie Pompe, the Swedish free-diving champion, has reached the summit of Mount Everest, climbing experts said.

As part of an effort called Deep Everest 2011, Annelie Pompe set out to climb the 29,029-foot mountain.

Annelie Pompe

“I must be the happiest woman in the whole world. I feel as strong as anything,” Pompe said before starting on the trek to the top late Thursday.

The expedition left camp at 27,200 feet about 9 p.m., local time, to begin the 8-hour climb to Everest’s summit and were alone at the summit when day broke Friday.

When she returns to Sweden, Pompe will start training for the World Championships in freediving.

Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a lifelong love affair with the oceans. In 1996 he set up and has grown the site to be the most popular diving website and community in the world.