8 Summits + 2 Poles
THE EXPLORER GRAND SLAM IS AN ADVENTURER'S CHALLENGE TO REACH THE NORTH POLE, THE SOUTH POLE AND ALL OF THE SEVEN SUMMITS.
Georgina has successfully completed 6 of the 8 summits as of 2017. She began the challenge in 2008 with an ascent of Mt. Elbrus-highest peak in Europe. Prior to starting the challenge, she could barely run a mile. She often jokes about how she was voted "most improved" in every sport she played in grade school because she was THAT bad. She believes an "adventurer" lives in all of us. She is proof. #ChooseAdventure
HOW I GOT STARTED
I was inspired to get serious about climbing back in 2007 after reading Eve Ensler's account of her visit to Democratic Republic of Congo and the remarkable women she met there. These women lived in a world where 420,000 women are raped each year -- roughly 48 per hour and 1,152 per day. Shocking I know, but sadly true. I wanted to do something to help and have voice to raise awareness so I decided to launch a campaign, Climb Take Action, and climb the highest peak on each continent to raise funds and awareness for these survivors of some of the most horrific gender-based violence of its kind. In 2009 I was able to visit the Uganda/DRC border with International Medical Corps and meet some of these women. Their stories, their tears, their smiles, and their resilience have served as endless inspiration and confirmed that "it only takes one"-- if you can make a difference in the life of another human, even if just one, to them it meant the world. To date I have climbed six of the eight summits, including Mt. Everest (2011+2013), with Antarctica (Mt. Vinson + South Pole), Carstensz Pyramid, and the North Pole left to go. Yet there are endless mountains to climb in the literal sense and in life.
Gender-based based violence continues to be a global issue and not just relevant in DRC. 35% of women have experienced gender-based violence worldwide. 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. International Medical Corps and VDAY continue to do incredible work to bring attention and relief for survivors. Going forward, the campaign will continue raising awareness and funds for gender-based violence in the areas of highest need as deemed by these organizations.
The power of adventure
The mountains have shaped the woman I have become and for that I am eternally grateful. They have taught me lessons no text book or job ever could. They have shown me a world I never imagined I would see. They have made me authentic, humble, resilient, fearless, respectful, and filled with gratitude for life and the ability to dream. They have proven that the extraordinary is always possible and that I should never limit myself or life's potential. The have inspired my next adventure, entrepreneurship.
The truth is the mountains and adventuring changed my life in the best ways possible. When I started this challenge I couldn't even run a full mile, but over the past 8 years have trained endlessly and climbed all over the world, run 2 full marathons, and many half marathons, learned to ski, got into ski touring, jumped out of planes and off bridges, and who knows what lies next! Funny what the body will do if you tell it to! I have fallen in love with the outdoors and adventuring and inspired to share that with others.
6 Summits to date | pending carstenz pyramid, mt. vinson, south pole in 2017 and north pole in spring of 2018
"WOMEN INSPIRED ME TO CLIMB. THE MOUNTAINS OPENED MY HEART AND MY WORLD.
I AM FOREVER THANKFUL." -Georgina
Mt. Everest, Nepal 8848m
2013 Expedition. May 21. 10:15 am reached the TOP OF THE WORLD.
Mt. aconcagua, Argentina 6962m
Mt. Elbrus, Russia 5642m
Mt. Everest, Nepal 8400m
2011 Expedition, reached the balcony of Everest at 27.500 feet and then suffered from hypoxia, collapsed, and had to turn around to safety.
Mt. Kilimanjaro Africa 5895m
Denali, USA 6194m
2010 Expedition to the top of North America.
Mount Kosciuszko, Australia 2228m