I am a strong, determined working mother with two young children and a great passion for climbing the highest mountains in the world. I want to be one of the FEW women on the planet who has climbed the Seven Summits. (The tallest mountain on each continent).
It all started when I was at school in Luton and I read a book about Everest. I felt totally inspired by it. I could never imagine someone like me could really climb it, but it was the stuff that my dreams were made of for many years.
As a child I led a very privileged life, not in terms of material wealth, but from the love, the dedication and commitment I received from my Grandmother who raised me. Although we had very little money but we were millionaires in terms of her endless love, courage and determination. She was a tenacious, feisty role model and she remains my hero.
Life threw me more than my fair share of challenges and for a time I got lost in a mountain of personal issues, loss and depression. But somehow twenty years later, that Everest dream came and found me again. On May 21st 2007, after dedicating a year of my life to the intense training and preparation such expeditions demand of you, I did it. I stood proudly at the summit of Mount Everest. I was 'on top of the world' in every possible way.
The Everest trip was an epic three month adventure, where I saw incredible pain, suffering and death. I even had a tooth extracted with a swiss army knife and a screw driver at Everest Base Camp. (video footage available on youtube). But after Everest I didn't want the mountain dream to end. The new dream became to climb the seven summits, which few women have achieved.
After Everest, the kids came along and the new dream needed to take a back seat. But now I am ready to dream again and climb the remaining summits.
I have now climbed four of the Seven, Everest, Aconcagua, Mt McKinley and Elbrus. That leaves just three to go.....
1 Vinson Massif, - https://www.adventureconsultants.com/expeditions/seven-summits/vinson-massif/
2 Carstensz Pyramid -https://www.adventureconsultants.com/expeditions/seven-summits/carstensz-pyramid/
3 Kilimanjaro - https://www.adventureconsultants.com/expeditions/seven-summits/kilimanjaro/
But I need help with my dream, to finish the final three mountains and complete the box set. I have already raised some funds, but I still need £32,000 to complete the funding climb Vinson Massif. In the meantime I am in training, preparing for this gruelling trip that lies ahead and carrying/pulling 40kg+ of kit up a big cold mountain near the south pole.
Any help you can give me would help make my big mountain-filled dreams come true. Meantime, more information is available at my website at: www.andreaoneverest.com
And what about you? What is your dream? Next