South Korean woman nears 14-peak record

South Korean woman nears 14-peak record


Oh Eun-Sun, 44, hopes to make her final push to the summit of Annapurna this weekend, braving the avalanches and ice falls that have claimed the lives of dozens of climbers on the mountain. If she succeeds, she will make mountaineering history, becoming the first woman to have stood on the top of every mountain over 8,000 metres. “She has now left base camp to move to a higher camp, and will try to ascend to the summit on April 24 or 25,” Oh’s expedition coordinator Song Heak Kwoung said.

Rival climbers
Hot on Oh’s heels in pursuit of the same record are two rival climbers, Spain’s Edurne Pasaban and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, from Austria. Pasaban announced on April 17 that she had reached the summit of the 8,091-metre Annapurna, becoming the first Spanish woman ever to do so and leaving her with just one more mountain to climb.

The race is now on for Pasaban to reach Tibet, where she will attempt to climb her last “eight-thousander”, Shisha Pangma, the smallest of the 14 peaks at 8,027 metres.
Kaltenbrunner has climbed 12 peaks and is currently making her way up the north face of Everest. She has also yet to climb the world’s second highest peak, K2.

On the face of it, Oh, 43, appears to have the lead over her European rivals. “If I manage to do this I will be incredibly proud, not just for myself but for my country and for Asia,” Oh said after arriving in Kathmandu for the expedition.
AFP

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