Spanish mountaineer Edurne Pasabán wins National Geographic Award “Adventurer of the Year 2010″
Edurne Pasaban, first woman to climb 14 tallest mountains, 8,000 meter peaks, has won 2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the year award. National Geographic asked their audience to vote for the person who best embodies the spirit of adventure for the 2011 People’s Choice Award.
Edurne Pasaban has recently been awarded as best Spanish sportswoman of year 2010.
Raised in the mountainous Basque country of northern Spain, Pasaban starting climbing when she was 14 years old. By 18, she was climbing in the Himalaya.
Pasaban’s mountaineering accomplishments have made her a hero. Though Pasaban does not think of her climbing in terms of being a woman, she realizes her impact: “I did not set out to prove anything, but if I can be a reference to help women believe in themselves, I will be very content with that,” she says to National Geographic.
To train for an 8,000-meter peak, Pasaban focuses on building aerobic endurance. Her training sessions last four hours, six days a week. She runs and lifts weights all year round. In summer, she adds biking and swimming. In winter, she cross-country skis. Once she gets to the mountain, good acclimatization to the high altitudes is key. But most important, she says, is being mentally focused on your goal.
Pasaban is equipped with garments from Grifone, engineered with the high-tech functionality of GORE-TEX technology.
In April, Pasaban will return to Everest, her first 8,000-meter peak, to attempt to summit again, this time without supplemental oxygen. If she is successful, she will have climbed all 14 8,000-meter peaks without oxygen.
“For me, adventure is a way of life,” says Pasaban. “I cannot image my life without adventure.”