Leading high altitude mountaineer Adele Pennington has recently unveiled plans to become the first British woman to summit every 8,000m peak in the world, as well as taking in the Seven Summits, four of which she has already conquered, with just Aconcagua, Mt Elbrus and Indonesia’s Carstensz Pyramid left to go. Pennington already holds a world record for being the only British woman to summit Everest twice.
Adele has already tackled four of the highest peaks spread across the Himalayas including Makalu, Everest, Manaslu and Cho Oyu. “After completing four of the world’s highest peaks it seemed rude not to try the rest”, Adele commented. “I will take one peak at a time and focus on the challenge ahead; climbing any 8000m peak is always a massive challenge. I’m looking forward to returning to Gasherbrum and Shishapangma. Alan Hinkes who has climbed them all has been a massive inspiration and happens to be in the same Cleveland Mountaineering Club as I am.”
Her next climb will be the world’s 4th highest mountain, Lhotse in spring 2012, as part of an expedition she will be leading for adventure company Jagged Globe. Although the mountain is adjacent to Everest, it has significantly less commercial appeal with much fewer summits than the world’s highest each year.
The mountaineering instructor and expedition leader will be supported in her travels by leading gear distributor Bramwell International, known for brands including Meindl, Source and Gregory packs. Adele said “This is a massive journey and one I’m looking forward to. The most important thing is I stay alive.”
To follow Adele’s expedition, go to: www.adelepennington.co.uk