Meet Mera, a stray dog who happened to befriend some summitters on their expedition to the top of the Himalayan Peak and just might be the first canine to ever do so!
Dogs have been known to hang out at Everest Base Camp with a height of 17,600ft and follow climbers up to the second camp, Camp II (21,300 feet), but Mera's climb up to the peak of Everest might be the highest ever recorded for a canine!
At the height of 17,000ft, Mera attached herself to a particular climber, Don Wargowsky of Seattle. Mr. Wargowsky said the expedition Sherpas at first barely tolerated the dog, but soon began to appreciate her climbing ability. "They'd never seen anything like this happen. They said she was a special dog, that she brought luck to the expedition," Mr. Wargowsky said. "Some even thought she was blessed."
Mera being clipped onto the rope for safety
There was a point in which they thought Mera could freeze to death due to sleeping out exposed on a glacier but she seemed unfazed and would join the climbers for in the tent for some food!
Mr. Wargowsky's told Telegraph, "I have no clue if she'd been up there before, but she seemed very confident in what she was doing," At the final ridge approaching the summit, Mera ran ahead of him and then waited for him to catch up, panting with her tongue out.
"I'd never been on top of something like that with a dog. She was leaning up against me and wanting to be petted. It was pretty surreal."
Way to go, Mera!
Mera reached the top of Baruntse in Nepal without any help! And she still had the energy to run once they had reached the summit. "I'd never been on top of something like that with a dog. She was leaning up against me and wanting to be petted. It was pretty surreal" said Mr. Wargowsky.
According to Telegraph, Mera now lives with the expedition's base camp manager, Kaji Sherpa.
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