Tired, cold, hungry and roughly 800 feet from Mt. Everest's summit, Samina Baig had only one thought in mind:
“I have to reach the top,” Baig said. “I was very clear about that.”
As it is for every serious mountaineering aficionado, reaching the summit of Everest, the world's highest mountain at 29,029 feet, was a dream. But for Baig, 25, who hails from remote Shimshal village in Pakistan's Upper Hunza Valley, there was something more.
As the first Pakistani female to reach the top of Everest, she would be sending a message to fellow citizens in a country sometimes criticized for its subjugation of women and where, in the most commonly known...