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Austrian woman claims Himalayas climbing record

2:07 a.m. on August 24, 2011 (EDT)
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 23 August 2011

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An Austrian has become the first woman to reach all 14 Himalayan summits above 8,000m (26,000 ft) without using bottled oxygen.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 40, set the record after conquering the treacherous
K2, her husband said.

"She is over the moon," he said on Mrs Kaltenbrunner's website.

Mrs Kaltenbrunner, a nurse, is only the third woman to reach all 14 highest
summits, but the first two climbers used supplemental oxygen.

"SUMMIT!!! At 6:18pm local time, Gerlinde reached the summit of K2," her
husband Ralf Dujmovits said on the climber's website on Tuesday.

The Austrian was accompanied by three other climbers to the top of the 8,611m
mountain - the world's second tallest after Mount Everest.

"Gerlinde is over the moon and can't believe how lucky they were to reach the
summit TOGETHER in this fantastic weather, despite the difficult conditions
during the ascent," Mr Dujmovits added.

Mrs Kaltenbrunner had previously failed six times to reach the top of K2.

 

"Taken of off the BBC world New web site"

5:52 a.m. on August 24, 2011 (EDT)
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Great pair of lungs !

Hope she makes it down safely.  Many have perished on K2 descent.    Many.

                                                      ~r2~

11:42 a.m. on August 24, 2011 (EDT)
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amazing feat.

 

 

amazing wallet too...

9:39 p.m. on August 24, 2011 (EDT)
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iClimb said:

amazing feat.

 

 

amazing wallet too...

 Yeah no doubt! I've summited all 14 hills behind my house. Does that count?

9:52 a.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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This is truly amazing and inspiring.

12:05 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I saw this on Twitter. Definitely awesome stuff.

2:42 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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XterroBrando said:

Yeah no doubt! I've summited all 14 hills behind my house. Does that count?

 Here in Trondheim we have the "Seven Summits" (my name) or "Til Topps" program. Every summer the local hiking club designates 7 viewpoints around the city for people to do over the course of the summer. If you do all 7 you get badge or something. Mostly for younger and older folk, but last summer my daughter and I did all 7 in a day, using bicycles to go between trailheads so we never used a car all day. So there!

3:00 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I wonder what the record for non-stop mileage on the trail is with a pack weight of 50lbs. or more. Hmmmm....

I think my longest is around 35-40 in one shot. 

5:02 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I don't know but I bet Tipi does, heck I bet he is the record!!!!!!!!

5:39 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

I wonder what the record for non-stop mileage on the trail is with a pack weight of 50lbs. or more. Hmmmm....

I think my longest is around 35-40 in one shot. 

 

Rick ~~

What do you mean by "non-stop" ?

To me, that can have vastly different meanings.   Is one allowed to "pause" ... or, does that merit disqualification?

Also, a 50-lb pack-weight may not mean the same thing for a 6'6", 340 lb hiker, as it does for ... say, a  5' tall,  100 lb female hiker.

I have schlepped pack-weights that were 1/2 my body weight.   During a full day of hiking ... although, I never was concerned with distance traveled.

Also, if you can manage 5-miles with a 20-lb pack-weight in some sections of New Hampshire, you have REALLY accomplished something.

I've never encountered 40 miles of trail that were all downhill, but I suppose they exist.   In the Andes?

I'm not trying to hi-jack this thread.   This would be a good (and separate) Post-Topic.

                                                   ~r2~

6:22 p.m. on August 25, 2011 (EDT)
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I have had some hefty weight on my shoulders in the past. I meant w/o stopping to set camp/sleep. 

4:20 a.m. on August 26, 2011 (EDT)
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My all time best was Alabama Hills to Whitney peak and back down to Trail Camp.  Huge elevation gain, a very respectable elevation loss, tons of miles.  All done with a 27 pound pack, at age 24.  I was training for Denali.   Had such bad leg cramps that evening I couldn’t stay asleep, and felt like reheated freeze dried death on a stick the next morning.  The return to trail camp wasn’t planned; rather unseasonably nasty conditions up top blew us off the summit.  I have since forgot the stats, but perhaps the GPS tech heads can elucidate and entertain us with the numbers.  I do recall if I hadn’t actually done it myself I would have called BS on anyone else daring to state this claim.  It was hard.

Ed

10:02 a.m. on August 26, 2011 (EDT)
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 reheated freeze dried death on a stick

 

Need this recipe in the camp kitchen forum.

Do lots of people go to Alabama to train for Denali?

3:09 p.m. on August 26, 2011 (EDT)
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FromSagetoSnow said:

..Do lots of people go to Alabama to train for Denali?

Alabama Hills are just outside of Lone Pine, Ca, at the base of Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

Ed

7:33 p.m. on August 26, 2011 (EDT)
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OOOh. I get it.

So this question I was going to ask about mountaineering in Alabama just lost all of its humor.

5:32 p.m. on September 20, 2011 (EDT)
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it took her seven tries to summit K2.  that's a testament to conservative climbing and must have contributed in no small part to her accomplishment. 

 

11:57 p.m. on September 20, 2011 (EDT)
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leadbelly2550 said:

it took her seven tries to summit K2.  that's a testament to conservative climbing and must have contributed in no small part to her accomplishment. 

 

Agreed.  Seven tries without bottled oxygen and still alive also attests to a somewhat lucky individual, given the mountain's temperament.  But mostly it speaks of her desire, one time on K2 with gas is more than enough for most climbers, regardless of the outcome.  She really wanted it.

Ed

6:29 a.m. on September 21, 2011 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

I wonder what the record for non-stop mileage on the trail is with a pack weight of 50lbs. or more...

... without oxygen or Sherpa support above base camp!

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