billi bierling female mountaineer and journalist from Germany

Summit Success

I am sitting in the sun at base camp watching the hard-working Sherpas clearing up the camp and packing everything away. It has been almost six weeks now that I left Pakistan and after all the waiting and acclimatising the expedition is finally over and we managed to ‘knock the bastard off’ as Edmund Hillary said after having climbed Mount Everest in 1953.

 On 1st October seven members, seven Sherpas and three guides (including Russell Brice) stood on the tiny top of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world – and I was one of them. It was a tough climb and I guess I had forgotten how hard climbing an 8,000m peak was.

 However, having been part of this successful expedition has made me the first German woman to stand on top of this 8,153m high mountain, which may not be such a big deal, however, it is a bit of history and it will certainly go into Miss Hawley’s database.

As we are shutting down all our communications system, I will have to stop here but I will be in touch again once I am back in Kathmandu.

23 Responses

  1. Ellen said on October 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Hello Manaslu sister!!! I miss you! Thanks for the great team-work on the mountain! Cheers and hugs to you!

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  2. Toby said on October 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Hi Billi,
    congratulations of course! But the pressing question is about the salted plums…were they all eaten ? Who had to eat the most ? How many did you have ? And Russell ? Were any carried back down ?
    Cheers, Toby

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  3. Thomas said on October 12, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Hi Billie,

    fette congrats aus Berlin. Tolle Leistung nach 4 Wochen Regen….

    Ciao T.

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  4. Jan said on October 6, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Billiiii – klasse!!
    Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!
    dZ 😉

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  5. Alessandra said on October 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I am in my room jumping up and down!! sweeeet!! Fabulous job girl! Hope to celebrate in Istanbul!!!

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  6. Beth said on October 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Billi,
    Congratulations! Since I am late posting, I’ll just echo the words my brother said when I sent him a text about your summit. “Wow! What a stud! Amazing!!!”
    I’m also glad you get to be the first German woman and made it back to BC safely! Way to go!!!

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  7. Rosemary said on October 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Well done Billi. Delighted you got to the top and that you are safe and well. What next? I’m sure you have some other mad plan in mind. Love to all in KMD when you get back.

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  8. Steffi said on October 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Billi, Ich war fast die ganze Nacht wach und hab an Euch gedacht!! Woohoo, Du hast es geschafft, herzlichen Glückwunsch! Ich umarme Dich von Herzen und Du bitte drück Russ und Ellen ganz doll von mir! Macht Euch noch ein paar schöne Tage. Juhuu, ich freu mich!! 🙂

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  9. Declan said on October 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Billi! Billi! Billi! Billi! Billi!
    Congratulations! Happy to hear you’ve again succeeded in your madness and delighted too to know that you did it safely! Look forward to catching up with you when you’re back where you should be!
    Hugs! :o), d.

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  10. WendyQ said on October 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Congrats Billi! Call me when you are in Kathmandu – would be great to catch up. 98510-87520

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  11. Kate said on October 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    congrats Billi! Awesome achievement!

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  12. klaus und gerti said on October 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    grossartig, herzlichen glückwunsch und
    hoffendlich bis bald in ga-pa.

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  13. Sonja said on October 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Awesome! Well done Billi, a bloody mary at Sams for you

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  14. markus said on October 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Billi

    so great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Jopi (Julia) said on October 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

    auch von mir herzliche Glückwünsche, liebe Billi! Darauf kannst du stolz sein! hoffentlich bis bald mal in KTM, ich werde Ende der Woche zum Kanchanjunga aufbrechen, aber nur zu den Base Camps! oberbayrische Grüße, Julia

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  16. adele said on October 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

    FANTASTIC – wonderful news, Well Done!!!Hope to see you in ktm before I go on thursday xxx

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  17. Marion said on October 4, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Gratuliere, Billi! Du bist schon ein Superweib! Dickes Bussi!

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  18. TINA said on October 4, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Hallo Billi,
    wow, herzlichen Glückwunsch. Du kannst schon stolz auf Dich sein und ich bin froh, dass es Euch allen gut geht.
    Du bist dabei, Geschicht zu schreiben……….
    TINA

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  19. Judith said on October 4, 2010 at 12:02 am

    ..ich habe Gerlinde und Ralf bei ihrem Vortrag gesehen. Jetzt kann ich es vielleicht ein bisschen besser verstehen…. aber wohl nie so ganz. Gratuliere dir von ganzem Herzen!! Mei, bald bist du richtig berühmt. Alles Liebe

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  20. Lizzy Hawker said on October 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    SO happy for you Billi, and also to know that you are all safe and well, thinking of you so much and looking forward to hearing the stories. Sending you all the strength and energy from the engadine mountains to ‘come down’ to the everyday. A big hug and lots of love and smiles, Lizzy

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  21. andi said on October 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    gratulation, yipppihieeijay! und am besten: du bist heil wieder unten! drück dich aus der ferne feste

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  22. mama said on October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    gratulation und komm gut wieder nach Kathmandu, wir sind alle happy,dass du es geschafft hast, dickes Bussi

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  23. Nonna said on October 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Way to go girl!!!!!! Congrats from Nonna & Mickey

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