Luo Jing, 42, has become the first Chinese woman and the fourth female overall to climb all 14 eight-thousanders. Luo summited Shishapangma’s main summit (8,027m), completing a challenge which she started just seven years ago.
Luo’s would be the fastest 14×8000’er quest ever. She has ticked off an average of two peaks a year, from her first success (on Manaslu) in 2011, to a traumatic experience on Kangchenjunga in 2013. After sieging Kangchenjunga for nearly two months, Luo was the only woman among a group of 15 climbers to the summit. Then 5 of her teammates perished on the descent. She considered quitting high-altitude climbing, but somehow recovered and climbed Dhaulagiri in 2014. She recorded no summits in 2015, the year the massive earthquakes hit Nepal but bagged Everest the following spring.
Luo achieved first Chinese female ascents on a number of 8000’ers, including Makalu (2012), Kangchenjunga, K2 (2014) and Nanga Parbat (2016).
Luo Jing had attempted Shishipangma this past spring, but the weather stymied her just short of the top. She returned this fall and reached the top at around 8:30 am on September 29. This has been a busy year for Luo Jing. In 2018, she chain-summited three 8000m peaks: Lhotse, Broad Peak and Shisha
“To reach the mountain peak is not the ultimate goal; what I am really excited about is to expand my possibilities,” Luo said back home in Changsha, Hunan Province. “I am a single mother and I want to influence other women, mothers particularly,” she explained. “I want to make them believe that they can do more if they open their mind.”
Luo Jing was born in Hengyang in 1975. She became attracted to outdoor sports in 2002 and climbing in 2007. Four years later, she summited her first 8000’er.