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National Geographic's Explorer Of The Year: Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Flickr Photo/Jack Brauer

Mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-plus meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. This accomplishment came with a price. Her 2010 attempt to summit K2 — her last peak — ended when her good friend and partner slipped and fell to his death. A year later, she tried again and was rewarded with a view like she’d never imagined. She said, “I had the feeling that I was one with the universe." We’ll talk with National Geographic's 2012 explorer of the year.

Also this hour: Former Washington state Governor Booth Gardner died on Friday at the age of 76. We remember him with Ron Dotzauer, manager of Gardner's 1984 gubernatorial campaign. Seattle Times business reporter Melissa Allison joins us with the story of how Seattle nonprofit Landesa is working to save teenage girls in India from prostitution and child marriage by increasing their economic value to their families. Plus, March Madness gets underway tomorrow. What are the prospects for Spokane's Gonzaga University? We'll find out from Bud Withers of the Seattle Times.