Author Archive for: Vanessa
About Vanessa O'Brien
Vanessa O'Brien is a British and American mountaineer, explorer, aquanaut, author and former business executive. In June 2020, Vanessa became the first woman to reach Earth's highest and lowest points, receiving a Guinness World Record. Vanessa became the first American woman to climb K2 and the first British woman to climb K2 in July 2017. Vanessa is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and a Member of The Scientific Exploration Society (SES). Vanessa climbed the highest peak on every continent, receiving a Guinness World Record setting a record for the fastest time a woman first achieved this goal (295 days). Vanessa skied the last 111 km to the South and North Poles completing the Explorers Grand Slam in 11 months, becoming the first woman to do so in under a year and the 8th woman in the world.
Entries by Vanessa O'Brien
O’Brien to Attempt K2/in K2
Summer Climbs 2015: Expeditions Unfolding on K2, Broad Peak, and Gasherbrums
Record Holder in Pakistan to Climb K2/in K2
Fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits in Pakistan to climb K2
O’Brien to Climb Fifth 8,000-meter Peak/in K2
Summer Climbing 2015: ExWeb Updates All Team Positions
O’Brien to Attempt K2/in K2
Summer Climbs 2015: Calm Before The Storm
First American Woman to Attempt K2/in K2
Vanessa O’Brien Will Attempt to Summit K2
The Escape Artist: How I went from Banking to Mountaineering/in Interviews
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Mountain Maverick/in Interviews
Vanessa O’Brien: Mountain Maverick
Woman Climbs Seven Summits and Both Poles in Record 11 Months/in Explorers Grand Slam
Boston Woman Climbs Seven Summits and Both Poles in Record 11 Months
O’Brien Takes Flag To North Pole/in Affiliations
Boston woman takes the Red Cross to North Pole
Vanessa O’Brien Completes Seven Summits/in Explorers Grand Slam
Seven Summits Climber Continues to the Ends of the Earth to Reach Goal
Top of Carstensz Pyramid/in Explorers Grand Slam
Summit Photo from Carstensz Pyramid
Everest Summits Facebook Page/in Explorers Grand Slam
The IMG climbers are now on the way down from the summit. Their goal now is to reach the South Col, and some of them… Posted by International Mountain Guides on Saturday, May 19, 2012
About Vanessa O’Brien
Vanessa O’Brien is a British mountaineer and an American mountaineer (as a result of her dual nationality), explorer, aquanaut, astronaut, author, and public speaker.
Vanessa has an incredible six Guinness World Records: First x 2, Fastest, Deepest, Farthest and Oldest. Vanessa is the first woman to reach extremes on land, sea, and air (the Explorers' Extreme Trifecta) following her mission on Blue Origin's NS-22 to 107km. Vanessa was the first woman to reach earth’s highest (Mt. Everest 8,848m) and lowest points (Challenger Deep 10,925m), the fastest woman to climb the seven summits in 295 days, and the first person to reach nearest to and farthest from the earth's core (Challenger Deep and the summit of Chimborazo.) Vanessa is the first woman to complete the Four Poles Challenge, going the farthest north * south * east * west from the top of Everest to the bottom of Challenger Deep to skiing the last degree to the geographic north and south poles. She holds the record for the oldest woman to summit K2, the second tallest peak, at 52 years old.
Vanessa became the first American or British woman to successfully summit K2, receiving Explorer of the Year by the Scientific Exploration Society (SES) in 2018. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society and an Honorary Advisory Board member of the SES.
Vanessa summitted the highest peak on every continent, receiving a Guinness World Record for the fastest time a woman first achieved this goal (295 days.) Vanessa has skied the last 111 km to the north and south poles completing the Explorers Grand Slam in 11 months, the first woman to do so in under a year, and the 8th woman in the world. Vanessa ran the Boston Marathon in 2017, helping to raise money for the American Red Cross, has been shot testing bulletproof vests with a .38 long revolver at point blank range, and rode 200 mph with Mario Andretti at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.