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Oh Eun-sun Is the First Woman to Climb the World's 14 Highest Peaks. Or Is She?

BBC News is reporting that South Korean climber Oh Eun-sun reached the summit of Annapurna (pictured) to become the first woman to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains (the 8,000 meter peaks). Ms. Oh crawled to the summit on all fours and planted a South Korean flag on the summit.

However, controversy surrounds a climb of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, that Ms. Oh attempted in 2009. A photograph of Ms. Oh on the summit shows her standing on rock. Photographs of other climbers standing on the summit in the same season show them standing on snow.

BBC News reports that there is no official body that authenticates claims of Himalayan climbs, but Elizabeth Hawley, an 86-year-old American living in Kathmandu, is widely considered the arbiter. Ms. Hawley has for now marked the 2009 climb of Kangchenjunga as “disputed” and plans to interview Ms. Oh when she returns from Annapurna.

Check out the Kangchenjunga summit photo and read all the details, then let us know what you think. Did she reach the summit?

Posted on at 2:00 PM

Tagged: Climbing and women

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