In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Vanessa O’Brien’s life was suddenly turned upside down. After years of climbing the corporate ladder to great success, her career went into a tailspin, and she herself searching for a new purpose. She settled on an unlikely goal: climbing Mount Everest.
Vanessa not only held her own in the intensely competitive world of mountaineering, but she thrived, leading to her to the ultimate mountaineering challenge: K2, the “Savage Mountain,” which kills one out of every four climbers who summit. Yet Vanessa was determined to beat the odds.
Told with heart and humor, Vanessa’s journey from the suburbs to Everest’s Death Zone to the summit of K2 is a story of resilience, higher purpose, and the courage to overcome any obstacle.