Wanda Rutkiewicz, one of the greatest female climbers of all time, conquered Mount Everest 41 years ago

October 16, 2019

The Polish famous mountaineer Wanda Rutkiewicz, the 3rd woman (after Junko Tabei and Phantog)  to reach the summit of Mount Everest, is celebrated today by Google Doodle on the 41st anniversary of her fantastic accomplishment. The image shows her climbing snowy peaks with a rope.

Rutkiewicz was born on  February 4th 1943. She studied electrical engineering at Wroclaw University of Technology. Her first major expedition was to the Pamir Mountains. Afterwards she began to lead her own expeditions.

10 years after reaching Mount Everest in 1978, she became the first woman to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain (considered to be the deadliest peak in existence). She did it without using supplemental oxygen.

During her climbing career she successfully climbed the following mountains:

  • 1975 – Gasherbrum
  • 1978 – Mount Everest
  • 1985 – Nanga Parbat
  • 1986 – K2
  • 1987 – Shishapangma
  • 1989 – Gasherbrum II
  • 1990 – Gasherbrum I
  • 1991 – Cho Oyu
  • 1991 – Annapurna I
  • 1992 – Kanchenjunga

6 years later after reaching K2 Rutkiewicz died on Kanchenjunga – the world’s third highest mountain. She was 49.

Her body was never found.

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