Austrian Woman Climbs 11th 8,000'er

Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner summited 8,167-meter Dhaulagiri in Nepal on May 1, giving her 11 of the 14 main 8,000-meter summits on Earth, more than any other woman. Kaltenbrunner was one of at least a dozen climbers who reached the top in stormy conditions.

Ecuador's Iván Vallejo also tagged the top of Dhaulagiri yesterday, making him the 14th man to climb all the 8,000-meter peaks—and the seventh to do them without supplementary oxygen. With the list of male 8,000-ers growing so long—and the first American, Ed Viesturs, having already completed the quest—Himalayan fans' attention has turned to the “race” among women.

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