Edurne Pasaban was born in the Basque Country, Spain. Besides being the first woman to complete the ascent of the world’s all fourteen peaks over 8 000 meters in 2010, she has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Basque Country, a Masters in Human Resources Management from ESADE Business School and is Associate Professor at the Instituto de Empresa. Edurne has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal for Sporting Merit and the Queen Sofia Prize for Best Sportsperson of the Year.
Lives: San Sebastian, Basque country, Spain
Idols: Everyone I can learn anything from, who can teach me something. I do admire a lot of people but I have no specific idols.
Inspiration in life: The mountains
Three words to describe me: perseverance, passion, humbleness
If I were Prime Minister for a day I would: Just one day is not enough to do all the things I would like to do, but I would try to end the corruption in the world.
I never travel without: My laptop so I can share all my activities and my life with people, my friends and followers.
Motto: Each one should identify which one is their 8.000 m to be climbed. I try to make the most of life, so that when I get really old I can look back and realize that I have had a full life, I have done all I wanted and I have been happy.
What you did not know about me: I have a degree in engineering and I do have a strong character and I am a true friend.
Season plan 2015/16: To do some climbing in Peru in spring (2015) and maybe a bigger expedition for 2016…
Sponsors: Haglöfs, Gore-Tex, La Sportiva, Komperdell, Cébé
Days in the mountains per year: 200 days