Austrian Woman Climbs 11th 8,000´er

by Dougald MacDonald Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner 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. Read the report by Dougald MacDonald at Climbing.com. ( Source: Climbing magazine )