Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner on the steep step before the rock shoulder of K2 Photograph © National Geographic/Ralf Dujmovits

First woman to summit all 14 major peaks

GERLINDE KALTENBRUNNER SETS CLIMBING RECORD Reaching the top of K2 on her fourth attempt, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, a 40-year-old Austrian alpinist who resides in Germany, has become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without using supplementary oxygen. Kaltenbrunner reached the top of K2, Earth’s second-tallest mountain, at 6:18 p.m. (local time) Tuesday, Aug. 23.