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 Anna Czerwinska                          Last Updated 6/2002

Anna known for being the oldest woman to Summit Everest at the age of 50 (born 7/10/49 climbed Everest from Nepal side on 5/22/2000), which as since been broken.... Anna reports her Summit of Cho Oyu on 9/25/2001.

Polish, Born 7/10/49: Summits, Nanga Parbat (7/15/85), Broad Peak-Rocky Summit (6/30/83), Everest (5/22/2000), Shishapangma-Central? or Main (10/6/2000), Lhotse (5/21/2001) and Cho Oyu (9/25/2001).

The first Polish woman to reach the 7 Summits. She is D.S (Pharmacy) but she left medicine science for the mountains and now is a business woman, owner of purchasing firm. She has been climbing for 33 years, usually in all women team. In summer 1977 with Krystyna Palmowska she climbed North Face of the Matterhorn. The first ever time women climbed such a difficult wall. In 1978 with Krystyna Palmowska, Wanda Rutkiewicz and Irena Kesa they climbed the North Face of the Matterhorn in winter. Again - they was the first women to succeed and it created a sensation in the European mountaineering world. Anna Czerwinska was a member of Polish Gasherbrums Expedition in 1975. In 1979 with Krystyna Palmowska they climbed on new route Rakaposhi (7788 m) in Pakistan. On 6/30/83 they both climbed Broad Peak, Rocky Summit - Czerwinska, Main, Snowy Summit 8047 meters - Palmowska). It was only a two women expedition. She tried to reach the top of K2 three times: in 1982, 1984 and 1986, the last time she was a witness of tragedy when 13 climbers died on this mountain. 7/15/85 she was on the summit of Nanga Parbat with Wanda Rutkiewicz and Krystyna Palmowska - the first women team on the top without support of men. She tried two times to climb Kanchenjunga: in 1980 and in 1990 as a leader of expedition. She led the Makalu Expedition in 1988 and was also a member of the Makalu Expedition in winter 1990. She was "collecting" for five years the highest summits of the continents: Aconcagua (South America) and Kilimanjaro (Africa) in 1995 r.; Mount McKinley (North America), Elbrus (Europa) and  Kosciuszko Mountain (Australia) in 1996 r.; Mt Vinson (Antarctica) in 1998 r.; Carstensz Pyramid (Australia with Oceania) in 1999 r.; Everest (Asia) 5/22/2000. On 10/6/00 she climbed Shishapangma (unclear if the Central or Main Summit). She is an author or coauthor of many books about climbing on Matterhorn, Gasherbrum, Broad Peak, Nanga Parbat, K2. This December she will publish her new book about 7 Summits. She is also the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest. On 5/21/2001 Anna summitted Lhotse. Anna reports her Summit of Cho Oyu on 9/25/2001.

Anna attempted Makalu 2002 with the  International Expedition lead by Piotr Pustelnik but failed to reach the summit.

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