Rutkiewicz (Polish), the third woman to reach the Summit of
Everest, is regarded as the greatest woman climber ever.
Summits of the 14 8000 meter
peaks. Wanda was born in 1943 in Plungiany (before
World War II it was part of Poland, now it is Lithuania).
After World War II, she lived in Poland.
eight 8000 meter summits before she died on Kangchenjunga somewhere
over 8000 meters while attempting via the southwest face route. Kangchenjunga
would have been her ninth 8000 meter peak Summit.
Summits: Everest 10/16/78, The third woman ascent, the
first European on the top; Nanga Parbat 7/15/85, with
Krystyna Palmowska and Anna Czerwinska. They became the first
women's team who scaled this peak. (The first woman on Nanga
Parbat was one year earlier - Liliane Barrard with her husband
Maurice). K2 6/23/86, The first ever woman ascent to
the top. She waited on the top for Michel Parmentier (France,
died on Everest in 1988) and the couple: Maurice and Liliane
Barrard (France, both died during descent from the top of K2).
Shishapangma (the true Main Summit) 9/18/87 with Ryszard Warecki. Gasherbrum
II 7/12/89 with Rhony Lampard from Great Britain. Gasherbrum
I (Hidden Peak) 7/16/90 with Ewa Panejko-Pankiewicz. Cho
Oyu 9/26/91 solo. Annapurna 10/22/91 South Face,
solo. Wanda Rutkiewicz died 5/12/92 or 5/13/92 on
Kanchenjunga. She climbed with Carlos Carsolio. They started
together at 3:30 am 5/12/92 from camp IV - 7950 meters. After
about a dozen hours of climbing in a deep snow Carlos reached the top.
He went down and met Wanda around 8200-8300 meters on the way
down. She decided to stay there on a bivouac and started for
the top the next day. She did not have food, anything for
cooking, not equipment for bivouac. No one ever saw
The women Summiters on Everest