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Gerlinde not only finished the 14, 8000ers in style, she further established herself as the world's foremost female high altitude climber.
There was never any doubt with Edurne. She wanted them all and she wanted them first.
Miss Oh shot up with the speed and shock of an unexpected high altitude jet storm.
Miss Go, the little sister with a big dream, sadly lost her life in the quest.
Nives and Romano celebrating their 15th 8000er summit.
Image by Laila Meroi courtesy Nives Meroi/Romano Benet, SOURCE
Their quests carved forever into the Himalayan slopes the many faces of mountaineering. Edurne Pasaban (left) Nives Meroi (top right) and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (bottom right).

K2 editorial: end of an era in womens' Himalaya

Posted: Aug 26, 2011 05:33 am EDT

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(By Tina Sjogren) Almost ten years ago we set up ExplorersWeb with purpose to shine a light on people usually overlooked by the adventure mags and golden axes. Soon we began to cover women in mountaineering. Revisiting Wanda, Chantal and Alison; we went on to the new generation just as the first female all-fourteen 8000ers quest was taking shape.The new women were all strong, brave and dynamic but their differences would carve forever into the Himalayan slopes the many faces of mountaineering.The stylesThrough especially the...

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