Ain’t no mountain high enough

One of my favorite mountains that I’ve never climbed, K2, is in the news this week. Known as the “Savage Mountain” because of its treacherous ascent to the summit, K2 notched another first this week.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, eight-thousanders, high altitude mountaineering without supplemental oxygen, K2, Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached K2’s summit along with three others from the National Geographic team. She is the third (or second, there is conflicting information here) woman to climb all 8,000ers, but definitely the first woman to climb all 14 of the world’s tallest peaks without supplemental oxygen, joining an elite club with the likes of American mountaineer Ed Viesturs.

Kaltenbrunner ascended K2 on the north ridge, a longer and more difficult climb than that on the Pakistani side, and counts only a handful of successful attempts.

Glückwünsche Gerlinde, a major achievement, especially for women!

Listen to the complete story on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Image from National Geographic, photograph by Darek Zaluski

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