Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner 2015-07-02 001.jpg
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner in July 2015
Personal information
Born (1970-12-13) 13 December 1970 (age 48)
Kirchdorf an der Krems, Austria
OccupationMountaineer, speaker, trained nurse
Climbing career
Known forFirst woman to climb the 14 eight-thousanders in alpine style, without supplemental oxygen or porters

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (born 13 December 1970) is an Austrian mountaineer. In August 2011, she became the second woman to climb the fourteen eight-thousanders and the first woman to do so without the use of supplementary oxygen or high altitude porters.[1][2][3] In 2012, she won the prestigious National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award.[4]


Her interest in mountain climbing developed at a young age, and by the age of 13 she had completed climbing tours at the local Sturzhahn. As she pursued her nursing training in Vienna, Austria, she continued to hone her skills by participating in numerous ski, ice- and rock-climbing tours. At the age of 32, Kaltenbrunner climbed her fourth 8000m peak, Nanga Parbat, and decided to pursue professional mountain climbing full-time.[5]


Together with Edurne Pasaban and Nives Meroi she is one of only three women who have climbed the fourteen eight-thousanders. Kaltenbrunner climbs without supplemental oxygen, which makes her the first woman to officially reach all fourteen eight-thousanders without the use of supplementary oxygen.[6] Oh Eun-Sun claimed to be the first female mountaineer to summit all fourteen eight-thousanders. However, her claim has been listed as "disputed" due to the controversy surrounding her climb on Kangchenjunga. Later on she admitted that she could not summit Kangchenjunga and had to stop a few meters before the summit.[7][8]

She summited Broad Peak on 12 July 2007, together with Edurne Pasaban. On 1 May 2008, Kaltenbrunner summited Dhaulagiri, as did Pasaban. At that time both downplayed the aspect of a race between them for the first woman to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders.

On 6 August 2010, Fredrik Ericsson joined Kaltenbrunner on the way to the summit of K2. Ericsson fell 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and was killed. Kaltenbrunner, who saw Ericsson fall, aborted her summit attempt.[9]

Kaltenbrunner had previously attempted to climb K2 six times [1] and finally succeeded on 23 August 2011, during her seventh expedition to the mountain.[10] National Geographic supported the expedition and provided a breathtaking account of the epic North Pillar climb.[11]

Personal life

In 2007, she married her mountaineering partner Ralf Dujmovits, from whom she later divorced.[12]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Austrian woman claims Himalayas climbing record". BBC News. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-24.
  2. ^ "Austrian is first woman to scale 14 peaks without oxygen"
  3. ^ Joanna Jolly and Stephen Mulvey (27 August 2010). "New doubts over Korean Oh Eun-Sun's climbing record". BBC News. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ "National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award | 2012"
  5. ^ "National Geographic Explorer Bio | Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner"
  6. ^ "Gerlinde bags the first female No-O2 14x8000ers ascent"
  7. ^ Mulvey, Joanna Jolly and Stephen (2010-08-27). "Korean's climbing record doubted". Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  8. ^ "ExWeb Oh Eun-Sun special report, part 2: the Scoop". www.explorersweb.com. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  9. ^ SPIEGEL Interview with Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner: 'I Don't Think About Death'
  10. ^ News report about successful K2 summit attempt
  11. ^ "K2 Expedition Report | National Geographic"
  12. ^ "This amazing woman has climbed 14 deadly mountains - including K2 | NY Post"

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