Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has declared that she will only attempt K2 in 2010 if she has the fitness to do it. Climbing a mountain as high as K2 takes its toll even on the fittest and the best mountaineers.
She also said that she would be back to K2 after her filed attempt last year. She made it to past the Bottleneck before turning back because of the deep snow last year.
She needs only 2 more mountains to complete all 14 8000m mountains. 2 other women are competing with her to be the first woman to climb all 14 8000m mountains.