Between Heaven and Earth - Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the world of 8000

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How do extreme mountaineers think and feel? What does it take to climb the highest peaks? How do the 8000s look from above? You can find the answers to these questions and lots of other interesting information in this extraordinary museum.

In the museum "Between Heaven and Earth - Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and the World of the 8000s" in Spital am Pyhrn you can immerse yourself in the world of the 8000s. The patron of the 400 m² exhibition is Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, who was born in a hospital and is an extreme mountaineer. She was the first woman to scale all 14 eight-thousanders without bottled oxygen.

What she experienced on the eight-thousanders of this world can be experienced in the museum, which is unique in Europe. In a clear and modern way, it shows the history of alpinism, the physical and psychological requirements for extreme mountaineering and the special features and phases of an 8000m expedition.
In the adventure room, visitors get an impression of the extreme height, the steepness of the walls and feel the power of the wind. Original recordings of the avalanche that destroyed the base camp of Mount Everest in 2015 are also shown.

In front of the museum entrance there is a climbing tower based on the K2, which can be climbed via various ascent routes.

The 8000m path leads hiking enthusiasts, starting from the museum, through the Dr. Vogelgesang Gorge to the Bosruckhütte, the "base camp", and on to the Rohrauerhaus, the "high camp". Experienced athletes go from there to the summit of the Great Pyhrgas, which symbolically corresponds to the summit of Mount Everest.

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