26 Jul Gerlinde Kaltennbrunner summit attempt to K2
The Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and her husband Ralf Dujmovits departed on Saturday, July 24 from the base camp of K2 to the C2, with the objective to reach on 26th the shoulder and make the summit push on Tuesday 27th.
If the attempt is successful, Gerlinde will become the first woman to have climbed all the eightthousands without the help of supplementary oxygen.
In the last days it had snowed a lot and at base camp there were 30 cm of snow: according to the meteorologist Charly Gabl from Innsbruck it will be a brief period of good weather, but conditions remained dangerous because of heavy snowfall. "The relief came in the form of a big avalanche – Kaltennbrunner writes on his website -" and so we decided to leave. "
On 23 May 2010, Kaltenbrunner had reached the summit of Everest, thereby bringing to 13 the total of eight thousand reached. Oh Eun Sun and Edurne Pasaban have completed the set of all 14 highest peaks on the planet, but Gerlinde, unlike these two, not only did not use oxygen, but has made all his climbs without support of a large expedition and then independently, without the Sherpas (and / or other members of the expedition) to mount, dismount and carry the equipment and place the fixed ropes.
In Everest, Kaltenbrunner’s program was originally to climb Hornbeim couloir , on the north wall, but the conditions were too dangerous; Gerlinde topped out anyway from the North, without her husband Ralf Dujmovits, blocked by physical problems. With her by Odell route to the summit there were Italians Silvio Mondinelli, Abele Blanc, Michele Enzio and Marco Camandona.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (1970) began his career in Himalaya in 1994 and has since now reached 18 times summits of eight thousand.
K2 remains the only – already tried several times, most recently in 2009 – to complete the series of the 14 highest peaks on earth.
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