Well, the race is over. S. Korea's Ms Oh Eun-Sun topped out on Annapurna this week, becoming the first woman in history to climb all of the worlds 14 8,000 meter peaks. Her closest rival in the "race" is a Spanish woman who has expressed doubts about Ms Oh's climb of Kangchenjunga. Too bad such a great moment is spoiled by controversy. Yeah, she may have some insufficient proof of summiting but whatever, it's only climbing. It should be a great moment for Oh, she completed her project and she is stoked. Now the ethics nazis chime in and discount the validity of her send, that is just a bummer. Some will hear about Oh and say "thats cool, she's hard", others will ask questions about the style she climbed and chip away at the radness of it. Climbing is a selfish and pointless activity, we do it for ourselves and to reach a goal and have people discount it is a bummer. Seems some folks have a skewed perspective on reasons for climbing and they project their type-A competitive judgments on the "achievements" of others. There never seems to be a lack of critics chiming in from the peanut gallery. Strong work Eun-Sun Oh, you sent it, I'm super stoked for you.
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