Spanish woman climber moves closer to peak record

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Edurne Pasaban, who aims to be the first woman to conquer the world’s 14 highest summits, is on her way to scale her 13th peak.

Madrid – Spanish mountaineer Edurne Pasaban has left for Tibet where she plans to scale her 13th peak of more than 8,000 metres as part of a bid to make history, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Pasaban is competing against several climbers, notably Austria's Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Italy's Nives Meroi and South Korea's Oh Eun-Sun, to become the first woman to conquer the world's 14 "eight-thousanders".

Oh Eun-Sun has already scaled 13 of the 14 peaks, and may attempt the last one, Annapurna, this year.

Pasaban hopes to climb the 8,091-metre (26,700-foot) Shisha Pangma in the first half of October and than tackle Annapurna next spring, her spokeswoman, Ignacio Delgado, told AFP.

She said Pasaban could try Annapurna earlier but "she doesn't want to change her plans.

"Her rivals are Gerlinde and Nives and not Oh Eun-Sun, who is acting in a rather kamikaze way," she said.

The South Korean has scaled four of the eight-thousanders just this year. One of her compatriots, Go Mi-Sun, who was also competing for the record, died in July on the 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat.

Kaltenbrunner failed last August in a bid to climb the 8,611-metre K2, the world's second highest peak, and she remains at 12 summits, while Meroi has conquered 11.

An Italian, Reinhold Messner, became the first man to climb all 14 summits in 1986. The 14 mountains are all located in the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges in Asia.

AFP / Expatica

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