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Korean woman climber’s Himalayan record challenged

April 23, 2010
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    • Chart of female climbers who have climbed peaks over 8,000m showing Oh Eun-Sun from Korea, still to climb Annapurna. Edurne Pasaban from  Spain, still to climb Shisha Pangma. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from Austria, still to climb Everest and K2. Lastly Nives Meroi from Italy, still to climb Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Annapurna.

    • A Korean climber may this weekend become the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest peaks. It’s one of the most formidable feats in mountaineering – but doubts have been creeping in about her right to claim the glory.

      A year ago three European women were leading the race to conquer all 14 mountains in the world above 8,000m high – Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner of Austria, Nives Meroi of Italy and Edurne Pasaban of Spain.

      But over four months in 2009 two rival South Korean climbers scaled an astonishing four peaks each, catapulting one of them, Oh Eun-Sun, to the top of the league table.

      She is now on the slopes of her final mountain of the 14, Annapurna, with a Korean TV crew, which is planning a two-hour live broadcast on Sunday, when it estimates she will reach the summit.

      Nothing can be taken for granted. But if she succeeds it will be a bitter blow to Edurne Pasaban, her nearest rival in the race, who ascended Annapurna herself on Saturday and is about to leave for Tibet to tackle the last peak on her list, Shisha Pangma.

    • But this week, after Pasaban’s descent from Annapurna to Kathmandu,

    • She began to voice doubts that Oh had reached the top of the world’s third-highest mountain, Kangchenjunga, which both of them tackled in May last year.

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