StatCrunch: ladies of thin air – XXIst Century women.

(MountEverest.net) Today the final part of Rodrigo Granzotto Peron’s interesting check of the Himalayan stats, focusing this time on the thin air ladies.

Last week we learned that the first female 8000er summit to go down was Manaslu in 1974. And while Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Everest in 1975, Tibetan Ms. Phantog followed only ten days later, via the north side.

The biggest name in female Himalaya history was Polish Wanda Rutkiewicz who summited eight 8000ers until Kangchenjunga took her life in 1992. A feat so outstanding, that it would take 15 years for another woman to equal her record.

Today: Individual female current ranking, and the National female ranking.

The XXIst Century top high altitude women

Oh Eun SunBy the turn of the Century, three outstanding female collectors entered the 14x8000er scene: Italian Nives Meroi, Spanish Edurne Pasaban, and Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner.

While Gerlinde was the first to grab 9 and 11 different main 8000ers, Nives was the first to hit 10 and Edurne the first to bag 12. They were surpassed very recently by South Korea dark horse Oh Eun-Sun, who this summer became the first woman to summit 13 different main 8000ers (ed note: a few of the summits are still investigated though).

The current record-holder has only Annapurna to end the list – after a failed attempt this fall, she’ll give the peak another shot next spring.

III – Individual female 14x8000ers current ranking

Gerlinde KaltenbrunnerFollowing is the current list of female lady collectors, with 3 to 13 different main 8000ers bagged. Oh Eun Sun leads the pack of a bunch of brave climbers coming from 22 different countries, with a predominance of Spanish, Polish and Japanese women.

13 Oh Eun-Sun (S-K)

12 Edurne Pasaban (SPA)
12 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (AUT)

11 Nives Meroi (ITA)
11 Go Mi-Sun (S-K) [deceased]

08 Wanda Rutkiewicz (POL) [deceased]

06 Chantal Mauduit (FRA) [deceased]
06 Christine Boskoff (USA) [deceased]
06 Anna Czerwińska (POL)
06 Kinga Baranowska (POL)Kinga Baranowska Shisha Pangma 2009

05 Tamae Watanabe (JAP)

04 Ingrid Baeyens (BEL)
04 Yuka Endo (JAP)
04 Taeko Yamanoi (JAP)
04 Fumie Yoshida (JAP)
04 Ji Hyun-Ok (S-K) [deceased]
04 Ginette Harrison (UK) [deceased]
04 Marija Stremfelj (SLO)
04 Marianne Chapuisat (SWZ). Edurne Pasaban in Shisha Pangma's 2009
04 Sue Fear (AUS) [deceased]
04 Badia Bonilla Luna (MEX)
04 Rosa María Fernandez (SPA)
04 Joelle Brupbacher (SWZ)
04 Anita Ugyan (HUN)

03 Liliane Barrard (FRA) [deceased]
03 Lutgaarde Vivijs (BEL)
03 Gabriele Hupfauer (GER)
03 Christine Janin (FRA)
03 Charlotte Fox (USA)
03 Junko Tabei (JAP)
03 Anna Akinina (RUS)
03 Katja Staartjes (NED)
03 Lydia Bradey (N-Z)
03 Chieko Shimada (JAP)
03 Eva Zarzuelo (SPA)
03 Sandrine De Choudens (FRA)
03 Pemba Doma Sherpani (NEP) [deceased]
03 Alessandra Canestri (ITA)
03 Ji Ji (TIB)
03 Katalin Csollany (HUN)
03 Cristina Castagna (ITA)
03 Lina Quesada (SPA)
03 Cecilie Skog (NOR)
03 Ester Sabadell (SPA)
03 Alix von Melle (GER)
03 Ellen Miller (USA)

IV – National female 14x8000ers

The list can also be classified by countries, with each nationality represented by its leading woman summiteer:

13 S Korea (Oh Eun-Sun)

12 Spain (Edurne Pasaban)
12 Austria (Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner)

11 Italy (Nives Meroi)

08 Poland (Wanda Rutkiewicz)

06 France (Chantal Mauduit)
06 USA (Christine Boskoff)

05 Japan (Tamae Watanabe)

04 Belgium (Ingrid Baeyens)
04 UK (Ginette Harrison)
04 Slovenia (Marija Stremfelj)
04 Switzerland (Marianne Chapuisat)
04 Australia (Sue Fear)
04 Mexico (Badia Bonilla Luna)
04 Hungary (Anita Ugyan)

03 Germany (Gabriele Hupfauer, Alix von Melle)
03 Russia (Anna Akinina)
03 Netherlands (Katja Staartjes)
03 N Zealand (Lydia Bradey)
03 Nepal (Pemba Doma Sherpani)
03 China/Tibet (Ji Ji)
03 Norway (Cecilie Skog)

Author’s Notes:
a) The lists are updated to October/2009.
b) Only confirmed main summits are accepted. Non-proved claims, fore-summits (like Shisha Pangma Central, Broad Peak’s Rocky/Fore-Summit, etc.) and disputed summits are discharged. Some facts were proof-checked with Miss Hawley’s Himalayan Database.
c) Some summits are still being investigated – so some entries may be revisited in the following months, with possibly a few corrections to be done.

* Previous story :

–  StatCrunch: ladies of thin air – beyond Wanda’s footprints.

StatCrunch: 8000er mountaineers with 6 summits or more, updated – October/2009.

* see : – Wanda Rutkiewicz – skarb narodowy. /Version polish and english/

* Read these stories – and more! – at ExplorersWeb.com

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  1. […] StatCrunch, take 3, final: ladies of thin air – XXIst Century women While Junko Tabei became the first woman to summit Everest in 1975, Tibetan Ms. Phantog followed only ten days later, via the north side. The biggest name in female Himalaya history was Polish Wanda Rutkiewicz who summited eight 8000ers until Kangchenjunga took her life in 1992. In the final part of female Himalaya stats ExWeb’s Rodrigo Granzotto Peron ran the Individual female current ranking, and the National female ranking. […]

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