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Luo Jing is First Chinese Woman Up All 14 8,000ers

Lakpa Sherpa and Luo Jing in 2015

Climber Luo Jing, 42, has climbed Shishapangma, the last of the 14 8,000-metre peaks she had to summit.

She’s the first woman from China to climb all of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks and the 41st person overall.

“I am a single mother and I want to influence other females, mothers particularly. I want to make them believe that they can do more if they open their mind,” she said.

“To reach the mountain peak is not the ultimate goal. What I am really excited about is to expand my possibilities. Others might not remember each and every peak I have ever climbed on, but the peaks will remember for sure that a Chinese woman has been there.”

Jing is the fifth woman to climb all of the 8,000-metre peaks after South Korean Oh Eun-sun, Spaniard Edurne Pasaban, Austrian Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Italian Nives Meroi

Kaltenbrunner and Meroi reached the tops of all peaks without the use of supplemental oxygen.

Luo Jing’s first 8,000er was Manaslu in 2011, less than seven years ago.

In 2012, she climbed Makalu; in 2013 she climbed Kangchenjunga, Gasherbrum I and II; in 2014, she climbed Dhaulagiri and K2; in 2016 she climbed Annapurna, Mount Everest and Cho Oyu; in 2017 she climbed Lhotse; in 2018 she climbed Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak and now Shishapangma.

“After climbing so many mountains, I realized that I did not conquer the mountains, but the mountains accepted me,” she said to China Daily in 2017.

“After climbing so many mountains, I realized that I did not conquer the mountains, but the mountains accepted me,” Luo said.

Luo Jing on Broad Peak / Luo Jing Collection