Shisha Pangma: Edurne Pasaban summits - completes the 14x8000ers

Posted: May 17, 2010 06:21 am EDT

(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, 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 TVs 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.

It was when she counted nine out of 14 summit under her belt, that she entirely focused on completing the "14x8000 Challenge", together with team-mates Asier Izaguirre, Alez Chicon, Ferran Latorre, and Ignacio Delgado as manager. Thus Manaslu and Dhaulagiri followed in 2008, and Kangchenjunga in 2009. This current year, Edurne jumped on a double-header bet, comprising the highly dangerous Annapurna and Shisha Pangma (which she had already attempted four times!), teaming up with the usual mates plus nacho orviz, who substituded Ferran Latorre (injured on a partial ski descent on Anna).

The gambling paid off and May17th at 11.30am Nepal Time, she became 14x8000er summiteer.

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Edurne Pasaban, 22nd 14x8000er summiteer in history. Pic shot on Annapurna BC some weeks ago.
Image by Ferran Latorre courtesy Al Filo de lo Imposible - TVE, SOURCE
L/R: Edurne, Alex Chicón, Nacho Orviz, Asier Izaguirre.
courtesy Al Filo de lo Imposible - TVE, SOURCE
Zoom image by Al Filo de lo Imposible cameracrew in BC, of Shisha climbers approaching the summit today.
Image by Al Filo de lo Imposible courtesy Al Filo de lo Imposible - TVE, SOURCE