Kristin Harila turns into first lady to summit all 8000m peaks in a yr


Kristin Harila, a Norwegian climber, made mountaineering historical past by scaling the world’s 14 peaks above 8 000 meters in a yr, the quickest climb on report by a girl.

On Wednesday morning, 3 Could, Harila summited Mt Cho Oyu within the Himalayas, the world’s sixth highest peak at 8 188 metres – her final remaining mountain.

The world report is at present held by Nirmal Purja, who summited the entire world’s 8 000-metre mountains in a single season, which he achieved in six months and 6 days.

Harila was chasing Purja’s report, the place her climbing workforce – Pasdawa Sherpa and Dawa Ongchu – scaled 12 of the world’s 14 8,000-meter peaks in 5 months.

The earlier report within the ladies’s class was held by Spanish climber, Edurne Pasaban Lizarribar, who took eight years and three months to summit all peaks.

‘The mountains are an amazing equalizer,” Melissa Arnot Reid instructed the New York Times (NYT), who has been an Everest information since 2008 and was the primary American lady to summit the world’s highest peak with out supplemental oxygen. ‘They don’t care what your gender is.’

She additionally added nevertheless that ‘the truth is far more nuanced than that. To get to the mountains, you need to get to the bottom. And that’s costly. This can be a colonial exercise. It’s actually white, and it’s actually rich, and it’s actually male.’

In 1994, when Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, an Austrian mountaineer, tried to summit all 14 peaks with out bottled oxygen, she had no selection however to put on the smallest-sized males’s gear. This was the identical difficulty confronted by mountaineer Caroline Gliech 25 years later for her “Climb for Equality“.

‘When you’ll be able to’t even discover tools that matches you,’ Gleich instructed the NYT, ‘it sends a robust message about the place the world says you belong.’

Based on, which retains information of summits and associated statistics, of the 56 climbers who claimed to have summited all of them, six are ladies.

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