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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner at Wilderness Lectures in Bristol

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner at Wilderness Lectures in Bristol

The audience at last night’s Wilderness Lecture in Bristol were treated to a very special evening when Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner delivered the annual ‘Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture’.

Gerlinde was the first woman to climb all 8,000m peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen or porter support, an incredible feat which she achieved in 2011. The following year she won the prestigious National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award. Needless to say, Gerlinde’s account of her extraordinary adventures made for a fascinating talk and her lecture raised over £4000 on the night which will be given to the Ginette Harrison School in a village near Kathmandu in Nepal.

Gerlinde’s lecture had a particular resonance in that it marked the 20th anniversary of Ginnette Harrison’s untimely death whilst attempting to climb Dhaulagiri – part of her own attempt to summit the 8,000ers. Ginette’s memory lives on though in her school which now has 170 pupils who would otherwise have little opportunity for education. Wilderness Lectures and Mountain Kingdoms continue to support the school through direct contributions and client donations.

Gerlinde is pictured here at last night's lecture with some of her 'fans'.

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