Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner collects 8,000m mountains

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The exertions of the International K2 North Pillar Expedition, which lasted more than two months, finally paid dividends. At 6:18 p.m. local time on August 23, 2011, the professional mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the Pole Dariusz Zaluski and the Kazakhs Maxut Zhumayev and Vassiliy Pivtsov reached the top of the 8,611m peak, which is not only the world’s second highest mountain but also the toughest to climb. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner thus became the first woman to have conquered all of the world’s fourteen 8,000m summits in alpine style without artificial oxygen. Gerlinde was rewarded for her almost superhuman efforts during the expedition by a stunning view, a cloudless sky and for the altitude, virtually still weather. She was then able to enjoy unforgettable moments on the crest of her dreams.

Banner has been supporting Gerlinde’s expeditions for the past five years and as Andreas Bawart, the company’s commercial CEO, explains: “We are deeply impressed by Gerlinde’s unbending will and determination, her ability to say no and her instinct with regard to the mountains. Moreover, in spite of all her sporting successes, she remains the same person with whom we became acquainted at the very outset of our collaboration.”

Further Information Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner available: www.gerlinde-kaltenbrunner.at