First for climber

SUCCESS: Christine Burke, formerly of Timaru, climbs her way up Mt Everest. Inset, talking at her old school about her feat.
SUCCESS: Christine Burke, formerly of Timaru, climbs her way up Mt Everest. Inset, talking at her old school about her feat.

Timaru mountaineer Christine Burke has become the first New Zealand woman to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

Ms Burke completed her seventh summit on Europe's highest peak, Mt Elbrus on Wednesday.

Her feat comes almost 22 years after the late Rob Hall became the first New Zealand man to complete the climbs in a record time of just under seven months with his climbing companion, the late Gary Ball.

Based on seven summits records, she is the third fastest woman in the world to complete the feat out of 30 on the list.

The former Timaru Girls' High School head girl, who is now based in Sydney, heads to Indonesia in August to climb Carstensz Pyramid.

In September she returns to Nepal for a summit attempt of the world's eighth highest mountain, Manaslu in the Nepalese Himalaya.

The Timaru Herald