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A group of Afghan women are attempting to reach the 24,580-foot summit this summer. In mid-May, two of the climbers, along with two American chaperones, visited Afghanistan's highest mountain to see the terrain firsthand in preparation for the historic climb. Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson/NPR hide caption

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For Afghan Women Mountaineers, Uphill Battles Begin Before The Climb

Scaling Afghanistan's tallest mountain will be difficult enough. But Afghan female climbers and their American guides also face civil war, red tape and cultural taboos.

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The #BlackLivesMatter Movement: Marches And Tweets For Healing

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Some States Make Obamacare Backup Plans, As Supreme Court Decision Looms

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A group of Afghan women are attempting to reach the 24,580-foot summit this summer. In mid-May, two of the climbers, along with two American chaperones, visited Afghanistan's highest mountain to see the terrain firsthand in preparation for the historic climb. Soraya Sarhaddi-Nelson/NPR hide caption

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For Afghan Women Mountaineers, Uphill Battles Begin Before The Climb

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