Shisha Pangma: Edurne Pasaban summits – completes the 14x8000ers EMAIL PRINT SHARE TEXT Posted: May 17, 2010 01:21 am EST
(ExWeb/Madrid) Edurne Pasaban topped-out Shisha Pangma Main summit in great weather conditions at 11:30am, Nepal Time today. Together with Asier Izaguirre, Alex Txicon, Nacho Orviz and sherpas, Pasaban climbed in rather light style, pitching three camps on the way up. They all reached the summit. Already in her fifth attempt on the mountain, on the current summit bid Edurne joined forces with Italians Mario Panzeri, Michele Compagnioni and Alberto Magliano; a small Spanish expedition led by J. Ramon de Madariaga, and Japanese climbers. News is expected soon on further summiteers. The 37 years old Spanish climber has thus become the first European woman and second in the world after Korean Oh Eun-Sun to complete the 14x8000ers feat Update 0:41am EST: Mario Panzieri, Michele Compagnoni and Alberto Magliano have summited as well, Montagna.tv reports. Mario has now 11 8000ers under his belt. Neither the Spaniards nor the Italians used supplementary O2. According to previous reports, only the Japanese team was on O2 during the ascent. A keen mountaineer since she was a child in the Spanish Basque Country, Edurne Pasaban (Tolosa, 1973) soon gained experience in the Alps and Andes’ ranges before her jump into the Himalayan scene: Her first 8000er was Everest, summited in 2001. Five more huge peaks among the so-called 14 8000ers added up in the following two years: Makalu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and the Gasherbrums. In 2004, Edurne joined Spanish TV’s “Al Filo de lo Imposible” (On the Edge of the Impossible) documentary series for an attempt on K2. She succeeded, but at a high toll: frostbites suffered on descent in extreme conditions cost her two toes. Nevertheless, she also won over Nanga Parbat in 2005 and Broad Peak in 2007.