Mountains in My Heart: A Passion for Climbing

Mountains in My Heart A Passion for Climbing First woman and only the fourth climber ever to summit all fourteen meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters Though the two climbers are friends Kaltenbrunner s path to

  • Title: Mountains in My Heart: A Passion for Climbing
  • Author: Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
  • ISBN: 9781594858567
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • First woman and only the fourth climber ever to summit all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters Though the two climbers are friends, Kaltenbrunner s path to high places has been very different from Edurne Pasaban s record breaking feat Positive, uplifting account of a remarkable athleteEffusive, charismatic, tough, Gerlinde First woman and only the fourth climber ever to summit all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen or high altitude porters Though the two climbers are friends, Kaltenbrunner s path to high places has been very different from Edurne Pasaban s record breaking feat Positive, uplifting account of a remarkable athleteEffusive, charismatic, tough, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is one of the world s most successful high altitude mountaineers and the first woman to climb all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen and she also eschews high altitude porters.Mountains in My Heart covers her early years learning to climb in Austria, her personal life, her training as an oncology nurse, and her ever present passion for mountains, especially the Himalaya Her love of being in the mountains shines through in her writing For Gerlinde the important thing was not the race to be the first woman to climb the 8,000 meter peaks, but rather to experience the mountains and climb them in her self sufficient style Self sufficiency did not, however, mean climbing without her husband, Ralf Dujmovits in 2009, Lhotse became her twelfth and his fourteenth 8,000 meter peak Kaltenbrunner shares the challenges, dangers, and euphoria of her high altitude climbs, detailing medical emergencies and her own feelings about being high in the mountains Her writing is honest, captivating, and unrestrained.

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    1. Mountains in My Heart: a Passion for Climbing by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is a first reads win and I am given my honest opinion. Gerlinde's early enthusiasm for mountaineering came on summer camps with Father Tischler. She was part of the summer team. During one climb, she and her girl friend started giggling because their hair was standing up. When Father Tischler saw it he rushed them down the mountain though they were only 150 meters from the top. a bad electrical storm hit them on the way down [...]

    2. Stumbled across this book on a shelf in the library and am really glad I picked it up. I had no idea who Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was and decided to jump right into reading this book without doing a Google search.As an avid hiker, reading other people's stories about climbing mountains is so interesting to me. This was no exception. Her stories of climbing the world's tallest mountains (14 of them, over 8000m tall) were filled with joy, excitement, challenge, tragedy and more. She talks about ever [...]

    3. Thanks to for an early copy of mountains in my heart for reading. This book captures the love many women and men feel for the joy and freedom high on a mountain. It shares the dangers and strategies one needs to be successful as a climber.

    4. I received this book as a giveaway.First, the writing style reminds me of letters written to friends and family--no conversations or storytelling really. That may be the result of the translator. After a slow start, I began to enjoy her exploits on the world's highest peaks. What I really enjoyed: the pictures. Most are of the author climbing one of the world's highest peaks, with a big, joyous grin on her face. This woman truly loves what she does!

    5. Mountains In My Heart A Passion For Climbing, by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, is my one hundred and fifth book that I have received and read from . This is a great book to read. It tells the story how Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was the first woman to climb and reach the top of all fourteen 8,000 meter peaks mountains without using oxygen masks. Her story tells about alot of other mountains smaller she climbed. I am not a mountain climber, so alot of this really amazed me. Some of the things she talked ab [...]

    6. Like her good friend's Edurne Pasaban's memoir Tilting at Mountains, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner presents the reader with a passionate and completely honest account of her adventures in climbing the 8000ers (which, as any mountaineering enthusiast knows, represent the fourteen highest peaks on the planet). As a mountaineer myself, I could totally relate to the emotions described by Kaltenbrunner in Mountains in My Heart, from the exhilaration of reaching the summit, to the indescribable savage beauty [...]

    7. Gerlinde grew up in the beautiful mountains of Austria. So her love of climbing began at an early age. Despite loss and hardships along the way, she has become known for her adventurous climbing. She tells her story in this book that has just been translated into English for the first time.I enjoy reading autobiographies and looked forward to learning this woman's story. The book was nice and the story had several interesting elements. But it felt stilted and dry as well. Based on the story, I f [...]

    8. The first woman to climb the world's fourteen 8000-metre peaks without supplemental oxygen or high-altitude porters. I took away from her story is her explanation for "why", as it comes close in words as to why I keep on pursuing my own adventures: "I seek these highlights: the overwhelming impression of beauty, the intense sensation of being alive and being my pure self. Up here, I am free; I can leave all responsibilities behind. I don't have to please anyone else. Far away from everything dow [...]

    9. What an incredible story. The author takes us with her as she climbs mountain after mountain for the sheer love of it. I would have appreciated a little more introduction, and more background on mountaineering terminology, but I was able to figure enough out to enjoy the book. I also wish there was a little more on the end about what the author is doing now. Will she ever climb those mountains again? What is next in her life?I received a copy for free through the First Reads Program. Thank you. [...]

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