Mountains in My Heart: A Passion for Climbing: Kaltenbrunner, Gerlinde
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Mountains in My Heart: A Passion for Climbing

Author(s): Kaltenbrunner, Gerlinde

Copyright: 2014, US
Specifications: 1st, 8vo, pp.303, 52 bw photos, wraps
Condition: new

Kaltenbrunner was the first woman to summit all fourteen 8,000m peaks (1998-2011) without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters. This is the first English-translation of her original German-language book ‘Ganz bei Mir’. She covers her early years learning to climb in Austria, her personal life, her training as an oncology nurse, and her ever-present passion for mountains, especially the Himalaya. Her love of being in the mountains shines through in her writing: The important thing was not the race to be the first woman to climb the 8,000-meter peaks, which she lost to Edurne Pasaban, but rather to experience the mountains and climb them in her self-sufficient style. She shares the challenges, dangers, and euphoria of her high-altitude climbs, detailing medical emergencies and her own feelings about being high in the mountains.

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