Reported by Ang Karma Sherpa.
South Korean Go Mi Sun and Kim Jae Soo scored the first ever hat trick in the
Himalayan mountaineering in Nepal by successfully scaling 3 major 8000 meter
peaks in a single season (pre monsoon).
This feat was achieved at 4.10 pm on 9 June 2009 with their successful ascent
of 8163m high Mt. Dhaulagiri. Their other two summits included Mt. Makalu on
30 April and Mt. Kangchenjunga on 19 May.
Their current success on Makalu, Kangchenjunga and Dhaulagiri also marks,
respectively, ten and eleven 8000er for Go Mi Sun. and Kim Jae Soo. All of
Ms. Go's 8000 meter summits were achieved in partnership with Kim Jae Soo
except for her first expedition to the 8201m high Mt. Cho-Oyu from the Tibet
"Dhaulagiri was the toughest of all may ten eight thousand meter climbs" Go Mi
Sun wrote in an sms to this scriber. "We climbed for 25 hours non stop from
camp III to summit and back due to tough weather condition with ice shower
constantly hitting our faces".
With ten 8000 meter peaks already tucked under her belt in an amazingly short
span time ( in 2 years and half), the former Asian Women Sports Climbing,
Asian Women Ice Climbing and Korean Women Mountaineering Ski champion, dark
horse Go Mi Sun has menacingly entered the league of 5 top women climbers in
their 'race' for the coveted title of the first women mountaineer to reach all
fourteen 8000 meter summits.
Her contenders for this title include Gerlinde Kaltenbruner of Austria,
Edurne Pasaban of Spain, Nives Morei of Italy and compatriot Oh Eun Sun from
Korea. Kaltenbruner and Morei are currently in the lead with 12 summits each.
Back in Kathmandu from Dhaulagiri, she has little time for rest and
recreation. She is busy sorting out gear and arranging permits as she has a
flight booked to Islamabad on the 18th June for her next project in the
Karakorums. Five of the 8000 meter peaks in the list of fourteen 8000 meter
peaks are located in the Karakorum and she is yet to tick off Gasherburm I
8068m, Gasherbrum II 8035m. and Nangaparbat 8125 from this list.
If she is able to complete the list of these three peaks in the Karamorum this
summer, with climbing partner Kim Jae Soo, she will also be creating a new
record of climbing seven 8000ers under one year.
After her climbs in the Karakorum, her plan is to return direct to Nepal from
Pakistan for the 8091m high Annapurna - the final 8000 meter peaks in their
list of fourteen 8000 meter peaks.
Sherpa Tshiring Dorjee from Cheskam, Solukhumbu, who accompanied her on
Makalu and Dhaulagiri will be joining the expeditions to the Karakorum
climbs. The expedition is supported by Kolon Sport of Korea.
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