Last May 17th, Edurne Pasaban climbed the Shisha Pangma (8.027 metres, in Tibet, China) and with that climb she got all fourteen eight-thousanders on earth. The Spanish climber has become the 2nd woman to conquer all fourteen eight-thousanders, after Korean Oh Eun-Sun. Pasaban has questioned Oh's claim to have reached the summit of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, in 2009. Oh says she has proofs.
Pasaban topped Shisha Pangma, the smallest of the 14 peaks, a month after climbing Annapurna. She began the 14 peaks with Everest in 2001. The 36-year-old Basque was accompanied by a three-man Spanish team.
When Edurne was a child in Tolosa (Guipuzcoa) she didn’t dream of becoming a professional climber, she just practised climbing because in Tolosa people usually does climbing. She studied Industrial Engineering and later run her first business, a rural house lodging.
After she got her recent hazard and was resting at her campsite she wondered if those ten years spent climbing the highest mountains in the world have been useful but then she concluded that she has been very happy doing it and as happiness is definitely something valuable, her message to people is to enjoy and to be happy, doing whatever makes you feel really happy...... Good advice!
Just in case you are interested in having a look at her webpage to see the beautiful photos and explanations of her hazards, you can just have a look at her link: Edurne web page
I am dropping these lines today to tell that last weekend Edurne Pasabán was declared the first woman in the world to climb all 14 eight-thousanders after Miss Hawley, the world mountaineering judge sent to her a letter telling that she had not recognized Miss Oh Eun-Sun one of her peaks.
Edurne has said to the press that she really feels sorry for Miss Oh because she thinks the Korean climber has been under pressure from her environment which led her to distort evidences.
Very well done Edurne!!