K2 conqueror Christine Burke, pictured near the 8516m Mt
Lhotse, on the Nepal-Tibet border, last year. Photo
Former University of Otago law student Christine Burke
has climbed K2, the world's second-highest mountain, the 14th
woman to do so.
On her website, Ms Burke said she made the summit of the
8611m peak, in northern Pakistan, at 2.15pm on Saturday,
Along with her team of Lakpa Sherpa, Tsering Sherpa and four
others, she was yesterday planning to descend from camp four
to base camp.
''It was an agonising day, as all climbers got stuck behind
the route-setters for six hours ... hence the late time for
summits,'' she wrote.
''I nearly froze two times and wanted to descend, but the
slow pace impacted everyone.''
K2 is the highest point of the Karakoram Range.
Six more women summited after Ms Burke on Saturday.
Twenty-five climbers made the summit on the day.
Ms Burke (46) has climbed extensively around the world.
She was the first New Zealand woman to complete the ''Seven
Summits'' feat - climbing the highest mountains on seven
continents, including Mt Everest in May 2011.
Ms Burke said a team member climbed ahead the night before
the summit, after route-setters got stuck.
Near the summit, the second-last section had not been fixed
with ropes. After waiting an hour, the team roped up and
climbed themselves. Ropes were fixed later, she said.