Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached the summit of 28,169-foot Kanchenjunga on Sunday, along with four other climbers, adding a ninth 8,000-meter peak to her list of climbs—more than any other woman in history.
Kaltenbrunner, a 35-year-old professional mountaineer who now lives in the Black Forest region of southwestern Germany, started climbing with her village priest after church services every Sunday. She first climbed over 8,000 meters at age 23, reaching the foresummit of Broad Peak in 1994. In the past five years, she has climbed seven 8,000-meter summits, all without supplementary oxygen, including an alpine-style south-to-north traverse over Shishapangma’s main summit with her frequent partners Ralf Dujmovits and Hirotaka Takeuchi.
Kaltenbrunner’s 8,000-meter Peaks
1994 Broad Peak Foresummit 1998 Cho Oyu (1) 2000 Shishapangma Central Summit 2001 Makalu (2) 2002 Manaslu (3) 2003 Nanga Parbat (4) 2004 Annapurna (5) 2004 Gasherbrum I (6) 2005 Shishapangma Main Summit (7) 2005 Gasherbrum II (8) 2006 Kanchenjunga (9)