national geographic http://kuow.org en National Geographic's Explorer Of The Year: Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner http://kuow.org/post/national-geographics-explorer-year-mountaineer-gerlinde-kaltenbrunner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mountaineer </span><a href="http://www.gerlinde-kaltenbrunner.at/en/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-plus meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This accomplishment came with a price. Her 2010 attempt to summit K2 — her last peak — ended when her good friend and partner slipped and fell to his death. A year later, she tried again and was rewarded with a view like she’d never imagined. She said, “I had the feeling that I was one with the universe." We’ll talk with National Geographic's 2012 explorer of the year.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Producer 9851 at http://kuow.org National Geographic's Explorer Of The Year: Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner