K2: Danger and Desire on the Savage Mountain with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
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Photograph by Ralf Dujmovits
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Climber
Gerlinde Kaltenbunner is the first woman to summit all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen. Kaltenbrunner’s last summit was the most difficult; the formidable K2, a mountain that has taken the life of roughly one climber for every four who’ve succeeded in making the summit. Her success in reaching the summit, featured in National Geographic in April 2012, was threatened by heavy snowfall and the increased danger of avalanches on the mountain’s steep slope. Her achievement earned her recognition as National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year. Meet this astonishing mountaineer and share the dramatic story of how she prepared for and triumphed on K2, told with breathtaking photos and video from the roof of the world.
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Encyclopedic entry. Asia is the largest of the world’s continents. It can be divided into five major physical regions: mountain systems; plateaus; plains, steppes, and deserts; freshwater environments; and saltwater environments.