8000m Peaks

There are 14 mountains that are 8000m or higher, in the world.  These mountains call climbers to great heights, where the air is thin and the expeditions are long.  Meagan loves to climb on 8000m peaks.  Travelling to remote corners of beautiful countries, working with amazing people.  Being challenged by weather, mountain conditions, logistic issues, unforeseen obstacles - every decision matters in the high places. In a place where all factors need to be in place for success, it is rare to summit, but it is all the more special when the mountain grants you the opportunity.

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Cho Oyu

Tibet, October 2010

  • Cho Oyu (6th Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: September and October
  • Altitude: 8201m / 26,906ft
  • Route: North West Face (Normal Route).
  • Meagan climbed to High Camp (Camp 3 at approx 7319m / 24,013ft)

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K2

Pakistan, August 2010

  • K2 (2nd Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: June to August
  • Altitude: 8612m / 28,253ft
  • Route: South South-East Spur (aka Cesen Route)
  • K2 is reputed to be the world’s most challenging mountain to climb. It is the second highest mountain in the world; yet, the technical skill required to reach the top is unparalleled due to the requirement to be sharp and strong at high altitude.
  • Meagan climbed to Banana Ridge (under Camp 3) at approx 6900m / 22,638ft
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Broad Peak

Pakistan, June/July 2010

  • Broad Peak (12th Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: June to August
  • Altitude: 8047m / 26,400ft
  • Route: "West Ridge Route (Normal Route)"
  • Broad Peak was fun, and a lot of up and down with all the carries! LOL!! Meagan climbed just beyond Camp 3.5 (approx 7600m / 24,934ft)

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Lhotse

Nepal, April/May 2010

  • Lhotse (4th Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: April and May
  • Altitude: 8501m / 27,890ft
  • Route: Normal
  • Meagan Successfully Summitted (with O2) 23 May 2010, 1030hrs
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Mount Everest

Nepal, May/June 2007

  • Everest (Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: April and May
  • Altitude: 29,035ft / 8850m
  • Route: South-side (Normal)
  • The route to the summit of Mount Everest takes climbers on quite an interesting climb. Climbers must ascend through the Khumbu Ice Fall, resting at Camp 1, 5900m (19,357ft), and then continue through the Western Cwm to Camp 2, 6400m (20,998ft). After a brief rest at Camp 3, on the Lhotse Face, at 7300m (23,951ft), climbers will then traverse the face, across the Yellow Band, and over the Geneva Spur, arriving at Camp 4 on the South Col. The next phase of the climb is the summit attempt, which takes climbers up toward the Balcony, the South Summit and along the Traverse to the summit of Mount Everest (29,035ft / 8850m).
  • Meagan successfully summitted Mount Everest in May 2007

Gasherbrum II

Pakistan, June/July 2005

  • Gasherbrum II (13th Highest in the World)
  • Climbing Period: June to August
  • Altitude GII: 26,360ft / 8035m
  • Route: GII - South West Ridge Route (Normal Route)
  • Meagan attempted to climb GII in June/July 2005. Due to an abnormal monsoon season, the conditions were not in her favour during the summit attempt.
  • Meagan and her climbing partners had to abort their summit attempt due to extreme avalanche danger on the summit slope.
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