Spanish woman climber aims for peak record in 2010

23rd May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's Edurne Pasaban aims to achieve her goal of becoming the first woman to climb the world's 14 highest mountains in 2010

MADRID - Spain's Edurne Pasaban aims to achieve her goal of becoming the first woman to climb the world's 14 highest mountains in 2010, ahead of her two rivals, her spokesman said Friday.

The 35-year-old on Monday became the first woman to scale 12 peaks that reach 8,000 metres above sea level when she reached the summit of Mount Kangchenjunga on the border between Nepal and India.

Pasaban, who began her bid to make history in 2001, still must conquer Annapurna and Shisha Pangma to meet her goal.

She plans to climb Shisha Pangma in September or October and Annapurna in early 2010, her spokesman told AFP.

The Basque mountaineer was scheduled to return to Spain on Friday where she will recover from the mild frostbite in her fingers and big toes which she suffered during her difficult descent of Mount Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain after Everest and K2.

She is competing against Austria's Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, 38, and Italy's Nives Meroi, 47, to become the first woman to climb all 14 "eight-thousanders".

Kaltenbrunner also climbed her 12th mountain above 8,000 metres -- Mount Lhotse -- on Wednesday. She just has Everest and K2 left to climb.

Meroi, meanwhile, has fallen behind her two rivals after she abandoned her attempt to climb Kangchenjunga earlier this week due to the exhaustion of her husband and climbing companion, Romano Benet.

She still must climb mount Makalu and Annapurna in addition to Kangchenjunga in order to make history.

Kaltenbrunner and Meroi have not revealed when they intend to scale the summits which they still must conquer to meet the goal of climbing all 14 "eight-thousanders".

The three women were nominated this week for one of Spain's top honours, the Prince of Asturias prize for sport, with the winner announced in September.

An Italian, Reinhold Messner, became the first man to climb all 14 summits in 1986.

The 14 summits are all located in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges in Asia.

AFP / Expatica

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