Edurne Pasaban isn't easily daunted. On July 26th she fought frostbitten
feet, a lack of oxygen, and K2's treacherous slopes to become only the 6th
woman to summit the world's second tallest mountain. The 30-year-old
mountaineer, who summited without supplemental oxygen, was one of four
climbers Spanish, to reach the summit that afternoon.
Edurne was born in the Basque
region of Spain in 1973 and began climbing at the age of fourteen. She has now
conquered 7 of the world's fourteen mountains over 8,000 meters including
Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, and Cho Oyu.
The ascent of K2, which began
on June 10th , was both arduous and lengthy, taking over fifteen hours to put
the team atop the mountain at 5pm. This was both an hour later than planned
and an hour past what is usually considered a safe arrival time, and well past
the optimal noon-1pm window. Also, unlike well-traveled Everest, no one had
been to the top of K2 in three years. The climbers had to break their own
trail up the mountain. Edurne herself was air-lifted from K2 base camp just
two days after reaching the summit.
The history of women on K2 is
both triumphant and tragic. Of the five women who preceded Edurne to the top
have all have died while climbing. Three of them died on the descent following
their successful K2 summits and two others, including legendary Polish climber
Wanda Rutkiewicz died on
Kangchenjunga. Only one woman has summited
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