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EverestHistory.com: Oh Eun-sun


Oh Eun-sun was born in 1966; she is native to South Korea and known by her native country as the “Iron Women”. Although, the friends she started climbing with in college gave her the nickname, “squirrel”, due to her high energy and love for the mountains. She was born in Namwon, North Jeolla Province and grew up hiking with her father who was a career solder. She started climbing and mountaineering after she went away to school with the University of Suwon Mountaineering Club.

She has climbed 6 of the world’s highest summits on each continent. Mt. Elbrus in Europe, Mt. McKinley in North America, Mt. Aconcagua in South America, Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. Carstensz in Oceania. She is hoping to become the first South Korean women to reach the summit of all seven continents, she only needs to climb Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

She reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 2004. She made claim as the first Korean women to climb the mountain solo. There was a Korean team climbing on the mountain with her, 3 of the team members died. Oh Eun-sun was also a member of the 2003 all female expedition to the summit of Mount Nirekha, she became one of the first 10 Asian women to reach the summit.

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