Female Mountaineer 1st to summit all 14 peaks above 8,000Meters in Himalayas

Christine Cauble | April 28th, 2010 - 12:14 am|

RRRG wants to congratulate Oh Eun-Sun for achieving an incredible feat – ascending all 14 of the Himalayas’ highest peaks.

On Tuesday, Oh Eun-Sun reached the summit of snowy Annapurna mountain and claimed the record as the first woman to conquer all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters (26,246 feet) in the Himalayas.

It took the 44-year-old 13 years to scale all 14 mountains but only 13 hours to reach the peak of Annapurna after a two-day weather delay kept her at the last camp.

Oh finished the final steep stretch to reach the freezing summit on all fours, then took out the Korean flag and shouted “Victory” while shedding tears of joy.

The accomplishment of the South Korean mountaineer was followed live by national television. A second woman in the race for the record was the Spaniard Edurne Pasaban. The 26-year-old only needed to scale the 8,027 meter high Mount Shisha Pangma.

She questioned whether Oh climbed all of the 14 mountains, since photos didn’t clearly prove she reached the top of mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak.

However, the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Ang Tshering, said according to Associated Press, “We recognize her achievement as the first woman climber to scale all the highest mountains in the world. We are all happy and proud of her achievement.”

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