Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is a professional mountaineer out of passion. She lives in Upper Austria and whenever she finds time she is rock climbing, mountaineering in the Alps, or on expedition.
She had been a trained nurse and after a short break during which she was working as a sales representative in the outdoor industry, she gathered her courage and entered the unstable career path to become a professional mountaineer. Today, she has all 14 eight-thousanders under her belt. By reaching the summit of K2 (8611 metres high), she became the first woman to scale all 8000 meters high peaks without using supplemental oxygen and not being supported by high altitude porters.