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Korea's Oh sets climbing record


Oh Eun-sun today became the first woman ever to successfully summit all 14 eight-thousanders, cheering and sobbing as she planted a Korean flag at the crest of Nepal's Annapurna, the 10th-highest peak in the world.

At about 6:15 p.m., Oh joined an elite group of 19 other climbers who have scaled each of the summits that rise more than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet) above sea level.

"I want to share this moment with the people of Korea. I also want to thank everyone," Oh said through tears as she reached the peak.

Oh had left Camp 4 at 7,200 meters at 5 a.m. to begin her 13-hour, 16-minute trek to the top. Her victory completed a journey that had begun 12 years, nine months and 10 days earlier, when she scaled
her first eight-thousander, Gasherbrum II.

Oh beat out three other women in the race to become the first female mountaineer to summit the eight-thousanders, which are clustered around the Himalayan and Kakakoram ranges in Nepal, China, Pakistan and India.

By Jason Kim

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오은선, 여성 최초 8천m 14좌 완등

'철녀'(鐵女) 오은선(44.블랙야크) 대장이 세계 여성 산악인으로는 최초로 히말라야 8천m급 14개봉을 모두 오르는 데 성공했다.

오 대장은 27일 오후 6시16분(이하 한국시간) 북면 버트레스 루트를 통해 무산소로 히말라야 안나푸르나(8천91m) 정상에 섰다.

이날 오전 5시 캠프4(7천200m)를 출발해 13시간16분간 사투 끝에 정상을 밟았다.

14좌 완등은 여성으로 세계 최초며 남녀를 통틀어서도 1986년 라인홀트 메스너(이탈리아) 이후 세계 20번째다.
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