I’m not sure how I missed this story when it was released a month back at k2climb.net, but thanks goes out to The Backcountry Blog for bringing it to my attention. The article tells the story of Yuka Komatsu, a twenty-three year old Japanese woman who knocked off K2 in her first attempt to climb an 8000 meter peak. Yuka said that it might also be her last 8000 meter peak however, as climbing in the Himalayas can be very expesnive. She worked three jobs in order to fund her trip, which begs the question, when did she find time to train? I guess if you’re going to climb an 8000 meter peak, it might as well be the big bad boy of the group. Great work Yuka. Now someone get this girl a sponsor.