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Defying Limits: Climbing the 14 Highest Peaks with Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
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Defying Limits: Climbing the 14 Highest Peaks

Tue May 20, 2025
@ 7:30 pm
To take the final steps to the highest point of the world’s 14 tallest peaks, to feel a oneness with everything—this is what motivated Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner to become one of the great climbers of our time.
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner Headshot
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner – Climber
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner_K2

About the Event

At 23, Austrian mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner reached the summit of her first  8,000-meter peak. Gerlinde Kaltenbrnner has climbed all 14 of the seminal 8,000+ meter peaks, from Annapurna to Everest.  Upon completing the most daunting and feared mountain, K2, in the remote Karakoram Range, she became the first woman climber to do so without supplemental oxygen or porters.  She completed her audacious quest on her 7th attempt up what many consider to be the most daunting of all climbs, the world’s second highest peak, K2—known worldwide as the “Savage Mountain”—in the remote Karakoram Range of Pakistan and China. Through her stories and gripping footage, experience the grit, sheer will, and spunk it took to reach the final summit.

About the Speaker

At 23, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner left her job as a nurse to pursue her driving passion—becoming a professional mountaineer. In time, with iron-willed determination and unmatched skill, Gerlinde conquered all fourteen 8,000 meter-peaks. By reaching the summit of the treacherous 8,611-meter-high K2, she became the first woman to scale all of these giants without the use of supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters. In other words, she relied only on her own sheer will, training, remarkable athleticism, and determination. Gerlinde lives in Upper Austria, where she spends her time rock climbing, mountaineering in the Alps, going on expeditions, and mentoring other climbers. 

Venue and Location

Venue

Location

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
1601 Broadway Blvd
Kansas City, MO
Tue May 20, 2025
7:30 pm

Defying Limits: Climbing the 14 Highest Peaks

Series

Trailblazers Speaker Series

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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