It's been 10 years since we heard in all the news how Edurne Pasaban it was claiming an unparalleled historic triumph. In May 2010, the outstanding Spanish mountaineer would successfully complete her project to conquer the highest mountains on planet earth, thus becoming the first woman in history to crown the 14 eight thousand.
After reaching its historic milestone, a goal that Edurne formally set in 2007 as a "life goal", she asked herself: "What now ...?" But what seemed the end of an accomplished goal was only the beginning of a new stage for The Queen of Eighties, who did not lack the desire to continue eating the world, reach even higher, and reinvent himself as a person, as a woman and as a mother.
The truth is that Edurne in principle did not count his eight thousand, he counted adventures, peaks and achievements, so it is no surprise that he entered this race very naturally, following his passion for heights and mountain escapes.
He unofficially started the race for the 14 eight-thousand in 2001 with the conquest of Everest, his first eight-thousand, which he reached along the Via del Collado Sur, along with Silvio Mondinelli, Mario Merelli, Iván Vallejo and Dawa II Sherpa.
Nine years later, Edurne would celebrate his arrival at the summit of the Shisha Pangma on May 17, 2010. This would then become his fortieth eighty-thousand, accompanied by the same illusion that he carried on his first expedition, and also the same shirt. lucky that he wore it 14 times.
A STORY OF PERSONAL OVERCOMING
But in this extreme world, not everything is rosy. The most critical level of this stage for Edurne undoubtedly came with his promotion to K2. “We were lucky to get it up on the first try, but we went down with freezes. They amputated two fingers after that, "Pasaban recounted in an interview for El Intermedio. His return home after climbing the most dangerous mountain of all, if it marked a before and after for Edurne:" I began to rethink many things. When I started to recover I wondered what I was doing with my life. At 31 years old, my friends were married, they were starting to have children. I was out of the pattern. "
The mountaineer assures that between 2005 and 2006 "I could not find the answers to the questions of why I was doing what I was doing. It was very hard. I always say that my hardest eight-thousand was getting out of a depression."
But we do know how this great story ends that is still being told. Edurne "sees the light" and returns to climbing thanks to her desire to excel and the help of her friends, who reminded her that this was what made her really happy.
CHRONOLOGY OF THE 14 EIGHT-MILES OF EDURNE PASABAN
MORE THAN A RACE, A LIFESTYLE
The Himalayas welcomed a young 16-year-old Edurne in 1998 with open arms, who preferred to meet at 8.00:XNUMX am at the source of the Green Lady in Tolosa, Guipúzcoa, (town where she was born) to go climbing with friends instead to dance in the gang of the area like the rest of the girls of his age, because he felt that there he did not fit.
He had then joined the Tolosa mountain club, which that year prepared an expedition to Dhaulagiri I, a mountain for professionals that, although he did not conquer just there, would become the beginning of his career against the forces of nature. "It was my first opportunity to go to an eight thousand, we were inexperienced pipiolos. We chose that mountain without having a clue, because we knew people who had already gone", Edurne stated in a recent interview with @hermanospou on his web show #SpeakPou, in which we found out a little more about what goes through Edurne Pasaban's mind in 2020, 10 years after his historic achievement.
It was a privilege for Edurne to start his career with the boys from the Tolosa mountain club, whom he refers to today as “the best thing we had in mountaineering in Spain” and then also an honor to join The Edge of the impossible, accompanied by "the most cracks" that I could really count on. And although she knew she was carrying a backpack full of the anxiety of reaching the summit, and also the pressure of being able to climb with them, there was nothing to stop her.
Opening a gap in a man's world is not an easy thing, but Edurne shone between them without being too strange. And although she says that maybe there was some uncomfortable comment, this did not stop her, even motivated her even more.
Today, Edurne places great value on what she has lived through, and what she has overcome. That if he could he would not change anything, because he had to live the most challenging mountaineering era there was, and that today he considers that this pure mountaineering is no longer achieved, the one that proposed challenges such as climbing the eight-thousand with good climbing equipment formed.
Over the years Edurne found what he was looking for, reinvent himself as a person after his great success. Through coaching courses, business talks and others, she entered the business world in which a future was raised after that "Now what".
Today, Edurne combines her recognized and admirable sports career with her connection to the business world and role as a mother, working as a speaker for cultural, sports and educational entities, as well as for companies of all kinds, nationally and internationally.
But Edurne does not stop there. Her experience with other cultures and societies has guided her towards philanthropy and the social, where for her solidarity contact is key.
Inspired by contributing back with the inhabitants of the Himalayas who have given so much to travelers and mountaineers, Edurne creates the private foundation “Mountaineers for the Himalayas Edurne Pasaban”That, without profit or religious connotations, brings together mountaineers who stand in solidarity with the children of the mountains of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Pakistan and India for better education, to guarantee social, cultural and economic of this area.
And is that, in his own words, Edurne says that having a super power "would have the super power to make a better world."
Undoubtedly, Edurne Pasaban She is a woman who has overcome the most challenging conditions, with ups and downs taking her life to the extreme, and making history on behalf of humanity, on behalf of women and on behalf of herself, with humility, passion, patience and improvement. .
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