Women Stats on 8000 Meter
Peaks Last Updated 6/20/01
Rutkiewicz (8 Summits): A Polish climber whom most consider
to be the greatest woman climber ever. Wanda was born
in 1943 in Plungiany (before II World War it was part
of Poland, now Lithuania). She
8000 meter summits before she died on Kangchenjunga
somewhere over 8000 meters while attempting by the
southwest face route. Kangchenjunga would have
been her ninth.
Summits: Everest 10/16/78, The third woman
ascent, the first European on the top; Nanga Parbat
7/15/85, with Krystyna Palmowska and Anna Czerwinska.
They became the first women's team who scaled this
peak. (The first woman on Nanga Parbat was one year
earlier - Liliane Barrard with her husband Maurice). K2
6/23/86, The first ever woman ascent to the top.
She waited on the top for Michel Parmentier (France,
died on Everest in1988) and the couple: Maurice and
Liliane Barrard (France, both died during descent from
the top of K2). Shishapangma 9/18/87 with
Ryszard Warecki. Gasherbrum II 7/12/89 with
Rhony Lampard from Great Britain. Gasherbrum I
(Hidden Peak) 7/16/90 with Ewa Panejko-Pankiewicz. Cho
Oyu 9/26/91 solo. Annapurna 10/22/91 South
Face, solo. Wanda Rutkiewicz died 5/12/92 or 5/13/92
on Kanchenjunga. She climbed with Carlos Carsolio.
They started together at 3,30 am 5/12/92 from camp IV
- 7950 meters. After dozen hours of climbing in a deep
snow Carlos reached the top. He went down and met
Wanda around 8200-8300 meters on the way down. She
decided to stay there on a bivouac and started for the
top the next day. She did not have food, anything for
cooking, not equipment for bivouac. No one ever saw
Christine, an American born 9/7/67, with her 6 8000M
summits is now tied for second all time. Christine
has established herself as North
America's premier female alpinist. Christine has
summitted Broad Peak
(8/13/95), Cho Oyu (9/27/96), Lhotse (5/26/97), Gasherbrum II
(8/19/99), Everest (5/24/00), and [the main TRUE
summit] Shishapangma on 10/10/00 by the British route
on the Southwest face.
(6 Summits): French, also with 6 8000 meter summits.
Chantal, born 3/24/63, died while climbing Dhaulagiri. Summits: K2
(8/3/92), Shishapangma (10/4/93), Cho
Oyu (10/31/93), Lhotse (5/10/96), Manaslu (5/24/96), and Gasherbrum
Harrison (4 Summits): British (but became an American
2nd British woman to reach summit. 1997 Cho Oyu (9/27/97). 1998- Kangchenjunga North face (5/18/98)
- first and only female ascent of the mountain; 1999-Makalu (5/22/99) - first British
female ascent; She also reached the Central Summit (which is
a lower summit than the Main summit) of Shishapangma
in 1998 - first
British female ascent. She died while climbing Dhaulagiri on 10/24/99.
Fumie Yoshida (4
Japanese, Born 1955: Summits,
Gasherbrum II (8/8/88), Dhaulagiri (10/9/90), Cho Oyu
(10/12/93), and Broad Peak
Ji Hyun-Ok (4
Korean, Born 1/21/61: Summits,
Everest (5/10/93), Gasherbrum I (7/9/97), Gasherbrum II
(7/22/98), and Annapurna (4/29/99). She died
descending Annapurna on 4/29/99.
Ingrid Baeyens (4
Born 1/8/56: Summits,
Gasherbrum II (8/8/88), Dhaulagiri
(5/11/90), Annapurna (10/23/91) and Everest (5/12/92). She is still
alive, but believed to be retired from climbing these
8000 meter peaks. For more on Ingrid see here.
Yuka Endo (4
Born 1/22/66: Summits, Nanga Parbat
(7/12/88), Gasherbrum I (7/12/89), Gasherbrum II
(7/26/90), and Cho
Taeko Yamanoi (Nagao) (4
Born 3/19/56: Summits, Broad Peak
(7/30/91), Makalu (10/7/91),
Gasherbrum II (7/31/93), and Cho Oyu (9/25/94).
Anna Czerwinska (3
Born 7/10/49 : Summits,
Nanga Parbat (7/15/85), Broad Peak-Rocky (6/30/83), Everest (5/22/2000),
Shishapangma-Central ? (10/6/2000) and Lhotse (5/21/2001). For more on Anna see here.