34 Year-Old Woman Climbing Everest In Bid To Prove ‘Vegans Can Do Anything’ Dies In The Attempt [PHOTO]
A 34-year-old Australian woman who attempted to climb Mount Everest to prove that vegans are not ‘malnourished and weak’ has died.
University lecturer Maria Strydom perished from a lack of oxygen in Nepal on Saturday afternoon after having to turn back from the final leg of her expedition because she felt unwell.
She, along with her husband Robert Gropel, challenged themselves to overcome Everest to show that ‘vegans can do anything’.
Dr Strydom had said that climbing Everest while adhering to a strict vegan diet was their ‘own personal Everest.’
According to The Washington Post, on an university blog she said: ‘It seems that people have this warped idea of vegans being malnourished and weak.’
‘By climbing the seven summits we want to prove that vegans can do anything and more.’
Dr Strydom, who worked at Monash University, decided to turned back from her attempt to reach the summit and was assisted down to the South Col by Mr Gropel.