„Mount Everest hasn’t deserved it“
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is still dreaming of Mount Everest. The 42 years old Austrian has not yet given up her plan to climb through the north face to the summit on 8850 meters via the so-called „supercoloir“-route, although she failed twice. In 2005 and 2010 the conditions on the wall hadn’t allowed to climb this route. „In my eyes Mount Everest is still a beautiful mountain, especially from the North, when you stand directly at the foot of the north face”, Gerlinde said (you can read and hear her statements on both Everest-60-pinboards on the right side of the blog). „Nevertheless I won’t return to Everest in the near future.”
She watched the scene from Nuptse
The shock is still present about what she saw last year on the highest mountain on earth. Together with David Göttler Gerlinde had climbed the 7861 meter peak Nuptse, it was the sixth ascent of this mountain in the immediate vicinity of Mount Everest. From there she saw the long queue of Everest climbers in the Lhotse wall. Before, she had noticed how unsteady many of them used their crampons. „All this troubled me greatly”, Gerlinde said. „And it hurts. This mountain hasn’t deserved it.” Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was the first woman who climbed all fourteen 8000ers without supplementary oxygen, 2010 she was successful on Everest via the Tibetan normal route.
Her proposal fell on stony ground
On occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent Gerlinde wishes Mount Everest more quiet and climbers „who visit him by conviction, with real enthusiasm, and who try to climb the mountain on their own, not using all available means, whatever the cost”. At the debriefing with Nepalese authorities in Kathmandu after her expedition in spring 2012 Gerlinde proposed to give Everest permits only to mountaineers who have climbed at least another 8000-meter-peak before. Her appeal fell on deaf ears.
Date14. February 2013 | 16:30