Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

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Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

News about Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

With LOWA on 14 eight-thousanders

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner’s interest in mountain climbing was born while she was very young and grew from there. Her stunning entry into the world of mountaineering was initiated by the head of a church youth group in her Upper Austrian hometown, Spital am Pyhrn - the local minister, Dr Erich Tischler. After mass on Sundays, he took Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner on all sorts of climbing tours – starting with the mountains that surround her hometown. As the years passed, she did not miss an opportunity to go mountain climbing.

She fulfilled her biggest dream – conquering an eight-thousander – at the age of 23 by ascending the Broad Peak lower-secondary summit in Pakistan at an elevation of 8,027 metres. Ever since then, she has had nothing but visions of heights and the highest mountains floating through her head. After conquering the Nanga Parbat in 2003 as her fifth eight-thousander, she devoted her life to professional mountaineering. When she reached the summit of the K2 in 2011, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner stood at the pinnacle of her career: She had climbed all 14 eight-thousanders.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Mount McKinley
Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Mount McKinley

Sports Personality of the Year

Her passion for the world’s highest mountains was honoured in 2016 at the sports trade fair ISPO Munich. Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner was presented with the ISPO Trophy as “Sports Personality of the Year”. Gerlinde’s social work was recognised along with her athletic achievements. For many years now, the extreme mountain climber has worked on behalf of the Nepalhilfe Beilngries, an organisation that builds village schools, day-care centres and clinics.

The ISPO Trophy has been awarded to outstanding athletes since 1971. Other award winners include Max Schmeling, Pelé, Reinhold Messner, Willi Bogner, Vitali Klitschko and Magdalena Neuner.

The ISPO Munich is the world’s largest sports trade fair with more than 2,600 exhibitors from about 50 countries and serves as the leading network for the sports business.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner from upper Austria is part of the LOWA PRO Team for over ten years.

After two workshops in Jetzendorf, where athletes on the LOWA PRO Team along with the LOWA development department created new ideas for...