Cho Oyu is the world's sixth tallest mountain, numbers among the fabled 14 peaks above 8,000 meters (26,250 feet), and has been climbed as many times as Everestwhich isn't all that often, actually.
Fewer than 3,200 people have summited an 8,000-meter peak, yet many of the firsts on these mountains have already been claimed. To snatch up a record-setting ascent, you have to get creative, which is exactly what Adventure contributing editor Michael Finkel and his sister, Diana Finkel, did.
Last year the Finkels attempted Cho Oyu in hopes of becoming the first brother-sister team to climb an 8,000-meter peak. Writer Michael Finkel recounts the experience in "Little Sister, Big Mountain" in the November 2002 issue of Adventure (read an excerpt of the article.)
In the audio clips at left, both siblings share behind-the-scenes tales from their climb.
Photograph by Beth Wald