Marianne Schwankhart

An accomplished photo-journalist, Marianne started climbing in 1996 while studying fine arts at Wits Technikon, Johannesburg. She relocated to England in late 1998 to have easier access to European climbing areas. In 1999, she spent six months in the USA climbing in nine different states. It was in Yosemite that she started big wall climbing on classic lines of El Capitan and The Leaning Tower. Marianne has climbed the Trango Tower in Pakistan as well as all three of the Torres del Paine in Chile. She is, to date, the only woman to have climbed all three; she is the only woman to have climbed the east face of the central tower. In 2006 she joined Mike Blyth and James Pitman on their journey to film ‘No Need for Parking’, an epic flying and rock climbing trip around South Africa. She is a member of the 7Summits7Flights team, jumping tandem with Pierre Carter. www.7summits7flights.co.za