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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Personal information
Nationality Austrian
Born (1970-12-13) 13 December 1970
Kirchdorf an der Krems, Austria
Occupation Nurse, mountaineer
Climbing career
Known for First woman to climb the 14 eight-thousanders without supplementary oxygen

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (born 13 December 1970) is an Austrian mountaineer. In August 2011, she became the first 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]


  • Mountaineering 1
    • Eight-thousanders 1.1
  • Personal life 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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, Gerlinde climbed her fourth 8000m peak, Nanga Parbat, and decided to pursue professional mountain climbing full-time.[4]


Together with Edurne Pasaban she is one of only two 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.[5] 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.

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.[6]

Kaltenbrunner had previously attempted to climb K2 six times,[1] and finally succeeded on 23 August 2011, on her seventh expedition to the mountain.[7]

Personal life

In 2007, she married her mountaineering partner Ralf Dujmovits. She lives in the Black Forest, Germany.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ "Austrian is first woman to scale 14 peaks without oxygen"
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
  5. ^ "Gerlinde bags the first female No-O2 14x8000ers ascent"
  6. ^ SPIEGEL Interview with Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner: 'I Don't Think About Death'
  7. ^ News report about successful K2 summit attempt

External links

  • Gerlinde Kaltenbrunners website (in German)
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