Mountains Summitted


Countries Visited


Poles Reached


Feet Climbed

Vanessa O’Brien is a British-American mountaineer, explorer and former business executive. Vanessa holds the Guinness World Record for climbing the Seven Summits in 295 days and is also the fastest woman (11 months) to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (Seven Summits plus skiing the last degree to the North and South Poles). She has summited four of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, including Mt. Everest, and in June 2016 will attempt K2, the second-highest peak in the world, located in Pakistan.

Vanessa is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Explorers Club. She has her MBA from the Stern School of Business, New York University and regularly speaks to organisations about leadership and teamwork.

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Fun Facts

  • Licensed Class II Aesthetician

    Vanessa is a licensed Class II Aesthetician licensed by the Board of Cosmetology under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Certified Divemaster

    Vanessa is a certified Divemaster.

  • Sagittarius

    Vanessa is a Sagittarius with Taurus rising and a moon in Scorpio.  She was born in the Year of the Dragon.