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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner - Climber - Changemaker Speaker Series
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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner – Climber

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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.

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Defying Limits: Climbing the 14 Highest Peaks

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner 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. On stage she shares the highlights of a remarkable career and what it was like to be the first.