Woman to try Everest today

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REBECCA STEPHENS, 31, will attempt today to become the first British woman to climb Mount Everest with a dash to the summit before storms that are forecast to close in tomorrow. Her expedition leader, John Barry, 46, had to turn back yesterday morning after spending three days 26,000 feet up at the South Col.

Their team-mate, Harry Taylor, who returned late and exhausted after reaching the top alone and without oxygen, is expected back in Britain today.