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6 Forces For Change That Made Waves In June

Pub: British Vogue | Date: June 2020

Each month, British Vogue highlights women making a positive contribution to society, raising awareness and changing mindsets on topics spanning climate change, diversity, mental health, and gender rights. June includes an intrepid explorer who ventures to the Earth’s extremes…

Top 10 Modern Day Female Explorers To Watch Across Air Space Land Sea

Pub: Fate On A Folded Wing | Date: June 2020 | Photo: Enrique Alvarez

Just this month, British-American explorer Vanessa O’Brien officially became the first woman to reach Earth’s highest and lowest points. Her forthcoming book, To the Greatest Heights: Facing Danger, Finding Humility, and Climbing a Mountain of Truth, will be released in 2021…

Mount Everest Is Not The Hardest Mountain To Climb — Here’s Why K2 Is So Much Worse

Pub: Business Insider | Date: May 2019

So, when comparing Everest versus K2, they are very, very different. First, you have two different countries. You have Nepal versus Pakistan, so I’d say technically it’s more challenging to get to Pakistan to get the visas, the logistics…

Woman Goes to Two Ends of the Earth

Pub: The Times | Date: June 2020 | Photo: Enrique Alvarez

Vanessa O’Brien has become the first Briton to dive the full depth of the 6.8-mile abyss. “The Royal Navy discovered Challenger Deep as being the deepest part of the ocean and nearly 150 years later here I am. I’ve been down there, and it’s amazing,” she told The Times

Mountains Have No Ceilings: What Sports Can Teach Us About Women’s Leadership

Pub: National Women’s History Museum | Date: October 2018

Do women act differently on mountains? There are not many female leaders in mountaineering, but I have some examples. I had a female guide on Mt. Rainer and almost immediately I could tell her style apart from her male peers. As our mixed group of nine climbers settled into high…

The Story Behind The 52-Year-Old Woman’s K2 Summit

Pub: Outside Magazine | Date: August 2017

Last month, Vanessa O’Brien found the snow so deep on her K2 summit attempt that she forgot about her aching knee, recent shoulder surgery, and stress fracture in her sacrum. She didn’t think about becoming the oldest woman to ever summit the treacherous, 28,000-foot Pakistani…

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