In this episode our guest is the humble, in many ways unconventional and well respected high-altitude mountaineer Billi Bierling. Originally from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria, Billi lives half of her life in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she maintains the Himalayan Database as a journalist and accompanies expeditions either to basecamps or sometimes even to the summit. The other half of her life she works as a humanitarian worker for the Swiss Development Agency in various locations, most recently in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Her first accomplishment in her fascinating career was a certificate as shop assistant. Billi’s latest achievement was the summiting of the 8201 meter high Cho Oyu peak without using an oxygen mask.
Links to sources we mention in this podcast:
Homepage of Billi Bierling: www.billibierling.com
The Himalayan Database: www.himalayandatabase.com