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.

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Stephan Whelan
Stephan is the Founder of DeeperBlue.com. 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 passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup DeeperBlue.com. When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.

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