Wang Jing (mountaineer)

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Wang Jing
Jing Wang in 2014 by Tashi Sherpa (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Main disciplineMountaineer, Author, Entrepreneur
Other disciplinesMember of The Explorers Club
BornMarch 29, 1975
Ziyang, Sichuan Province, China
Career
Notable ascentsFastest time for a woman to complete the Seven Summits & Fastest time for a woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam

Wang Jing (Chinese: 王静; pinyin: Wáng Jìng, born March 29, 1975) is a Chinese mountaineer, author, entrepreneur and member of The Explorers Club in the United States. Wang Jing is best known for her feat in becoming the fastest woman in the world to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (Last Degree) in 143 days (4 months and 23 days) and the fastest woman to climb Seven Summits (combined Mount Kosciuszko and Carstensz lists in 138 days, which is 4 months and 18 days).[1][2][3] The Explorers Grand Slam involves reaching the highest peak on every continent plus at a minimum of skiing the last degree (111 km) to the North and South poles.[1][4][5] Wang Jing recorded this adventure in her book Silence of the Summit, which was published in English in December 2018.[6]

Toread[edit]

Wang Jing is the Chairwoman, CEO, and Co-founder of Toread Holdings Group Co., Ltd. In China.[3][7] The company offers outdoor products including clothing, shoes, and equipment, and went public on Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2009. It was named by Forbes Asia's 200 Best Under A Billion in 2014.[8]

Mountaineering[edit]

On January 15, 2014, Wang Jing reached the South Pole, marking the start of her Explorers Grand Slam journey. The Seven Summits Jing climbed included Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Aconcagua of South America, Kilimanjaro of Africa, Carstensz Pyramid of Oceania, Elbrus Summit of Europe, Mount Everest of Asia, Denali of North America and Mount Kosciuszko of Australia – covering both the Messner and Bass lists of the Seven Summits.

Wang Jing and a team of Sherpas caused controversy by becoming the only team to reach the summit of Mount Everest after the 2014 Mount Everest ice avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas. Because Jing and her team used a helicopter to get from Base Camp to Camp 2, Elizabeth Hawley put an asterisk next to her ascent marking it aviation assisted, followed by the Nepalese government providing her with a summit certificate for "her successful ascent in a time of crisis and uncertainty."[9] As of 2016, helicopters now carry loads for Sherpa to Camp 1 as a matter of standard practice.[10]

Jing received the title "International-Mountaineer 2014" and also "Nepal-China goodwill ambassador-2015" from the Nepalese government.[3][11]

Everest Future Foundation[edit]

Wang Jing established the Everest Future Foundation to improve the standard of living of the Sherpa community, more specifically, building their schools, monasteries, hospitals and contributing to other welfare activities.[12] One example is the Khumjung Gompa, a monastery located in the Khumjung village at the foot of the sacred peak of Khumbila at an altitude of 3,790m. This monastery is an important source of spiritual guidance to the local communities. On the 25th of April 2015 when an earthquake struck leaving the monastery severely damaged, locals did not dare enter the monastery with the fear of sudden collapse.[13]

The Jing Foundation donated 13,000,000 Rupees to support the reconstruction of Khumjung Gumba. This donation will go a long way in funding the reconstruction of this important building in 2017. Jing has also donated to the Nepalese health and educational sectors in order to raise their current standard. Along with this, she participated in activities cleaning up garbage in the Qomolungma high-altitude named "Clean The Mountain".[13]

Books[edit]

Wang Jing has also authored two books based on her mountaineering experiences, Life at Altitude and Silence of the Summit. The first book was first published in Chinese in 2013, telling Jing's story from a sportswear businessperson to a mountaineer. The second book, Silence of the Summit, was published in Chinese in 2016, focusing on her expedition in 2014.[13][12][14][15] The English edition of Silence of the Summit was published in 2018.[16]

Expeditions[edit]

Fastest Seven Summits - Bass and Messner Lists 138 Days, Fastest Explorers Grand Slam – 142 Days
Date Climbed Mountain Height
January 15, 2014 South Pole 89 degree
January 19, 2014 Vinson Massif 16,050 ft.
January 31, 2014 Aconcagua 22,841 ft.
February 8, 2014 Kosciusko 7,310 ft.
February 15, 2014 Kilimanjaro 19,340 ft.
February 22, 2014 Carstensz Pyramid 16,023 ft.
March 14, 2014 Elbrus 18,510 ft.
April 8, 2014 North Pole 89 degree
May 23, 2014 Everest 29,035 ft.
June 6, 2014 Denali 20,320 ft.
Additional 8,000 meter Peaks[13]
Mountain Height
Cho Oyu 26,906 ft.
Makalu 27,825 ft.
Manaslu 26,759 ft.
Shishapangma 26,289 ft.
Everest 35,035 ft.
Lhotse 27,940 ft.
Broad Peak 26,414 ft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Explorers Grand Slam - Jing Wang". Explorers Grand Slam. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Explorers Grand Slam People". Explorers Grand Slam. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Brown, Chip. "Woman Whose Post-Avalanche Everest Ascent Sparked Outrage Defends Her Feat". National Geographic. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Explorers Grand Slam". Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  5. ^ "NORTH POLE - LAST DEGREE - TRIP". Thomas Ulrich. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Silence of the Summit: Jing Wang: 9781792108457: Amazon.com: Books". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  7. ^ huangjuan. "Mountaineering Entrepreneuse". Women of China. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Beijing Toread Outdoor Products". Forbes. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  9. ^ Becker, Kraig. "Everest 2014: Jing Wang Receives Award for Everest Summit". The Adventure Blog. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  10. ^ Callaghan, Anna. "The High-Risk Flights That Could Save Lives on Everest". Outside Online. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  11. ^ "NTB appoints goodwill ambassadors". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Mountaineer Wang's Silence of the Summit released". Lokantar. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d "Everest Summiteer Wang Jing's book on mountaineering " Life at Altitude " launched". Travel Biz News. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  14. ^ "MOUNTAINEER WANG'S SILENCE OF THE SUMMIT RELEASES". Top Nepal News. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  15. ^ SAMITI, RASTRIYA SAMACHAR. "Launch of 'Silence of the Summit'". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Silence of the Summit: Jing Wang: 9781792108457: Amazon.com: Books". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2019-01-03.