Christine Jensen Burke

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Christine Jensen Burke
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Christine Jensen Burke
Personal information
Name Christine Jensen Burke
Nationality Australia and New Zealand
Born (1968-07-02) 2 July 1968 (age 46)
New Zealand
Climbing career
Known for First New Zealand woman to successfully climb the Seven Summits

Christine Jensen Burke is a dual nationality Australian and New Zealander. She is the first New Zealand woman to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven continents in a feat known as the Seven Summits.[1][2][3]

Christine commenced the endeavour by successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on 6 August 2010 and completed the last of the Seven Summits with her successful climb of Mount Elbrus in Russia on 25 July 2012. She reached the summit of Mount Everest on 20 May 2011.[1]

Her attempt to climb Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua in August 2012 (considered by many to be the ‘8th’ of the Seven Summits) was thwarted by persons claiming to be freedom fighters, who held her expedition team captive for 16 hours soon after they arrived in West Papua, and then ordered them off the mountain.[4]

Christine is a graduate of the University of Otago in New Zealand, where she completed her undergraduate law degree in 1990, and of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she completed her Masters of Laws in Environmental Law in 1997.

Aside from her mountaineering endeavours, she is an Ambassador for The Eggtober Foundation, a charitable foundation which raises funds for gynaecological cancers, and Streetwork, a charity helping youth at risk. She also engages in private charitable initiatives in Nepal.

She is currently a full-time adventurer, public speaker, motivator and business trainer.


  1. ^ a b "NZ woman climbs seven highest peaks". NZ News. 3 News. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "First for climber". The Timaru Herald. 28 July 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "HIGH achiever". The Timaru Herald. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "West Papua militia free NZ climbers". SMH. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 

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