My TED talk is now LIVE! *Link In Bio . Earlier this year I was selected as a speaker to present at the TEDx Youth Glasgow event. This event was aimed at young people between the age of 12-26 and took place at the end of May in front of a LIVE audience of 2,500 people. . My talk is entitled ‘Unlocking Your Resilience’. When I was asked what topic I would like to speak about, I knew it had to be resilience. . Resilience is by far the most important thing that got to to the summit of Everest by the north and south routes. . Resilient people are not born resilient, they have practiced this skill and anyone can do it. Like anything, the younger we start practicing resilience, the better we become. . I hope you enjoy the talk; it was by far the hardest one I have ever done! If you like it, please do share far and wide!
Happy World Ocean Day! 🌊 Today is all about the people who love and fight to protect our oceans, there is no one better than my inspiring,courageous and ridiculous friend @cal_major !! Two months ago we were hiking through the Jordanian Desert together and today she is half way through the most epic expedition imaginable! Paddle Boarding unsupported from Lands End in Cornwall to John O’Groats at the far north of Scotland! Cal’s life mission is to highlight plastic pollution in our oceans and share solutions to the current crisis. Cal is unstoppable! And you need to follow the rest of her journey and support her mission. *Amazing drone footage from @jamesappletonphotography 😍
Today was AMAZING 🙌!! I was unbelievably nervous before I walked onto that HUGE stage, but that amazing @tedxyouthglasgow crowd made me feel so welcome! I loved every second of it. As soon as I walked off, I could of done it all over again! . Sharing my views on Resilience was pretty cool, it is 100% something we need to practice and the younger we start, the better we become. The best way to practise this is to step out of your comfort zone, push your boundaries and embrace the unknown. . I had the pleasure of sharing the stage today with an incredible line up of speakers 🙌 I can not wait to share all of our videos with you soon. @mind_of_basit @nat_n_design @thefoodmedic @smilewithsusie
Tomorrow I am speaking at TEDx Youth Glasgow ! Over the last four weeks I have been working non stop on my talk ‘Unlocking Your Resilience’. I never get worked up over a talk, I have presented about my Everest climbs what feels like a million times and am usually cool as a cucumber ....but this week I have been the biggest stress head ever over this... worrying about what people are going to think of me, if I am going to remember my talk, what I am going to wear, what to do with my hair - totally not the way I usually role.... I don’t know if it because it is TED or because it will be my biggest audience ever, 2200 people! Today I saw a post from my fellow presenter and amazing new friend @mind_of_basit , he nailed everything in just a few words. This is not about me, the opportunities I have had to share my story never can be, it is always about how much value I am give to the audience, how much I can inspire these incredible young people to have ambitions and be resilient enough to achieve them! Nobody is going to care what I wear, I might just go in a bin bag and let my words do the talking 🙌
16th May 2017 was most definitely one of the best days of my life. As the huge orange sun was beginning to rise on my left hand side, there was a thick blanket of cloud covering the world a thousand meters below us, only the highest mountains in the world popped out of the top of it. As I stepped up to join Jon and Lhakpa on the summit, Jon engulfed me in a big down suit huge. We had done it, we had returned to the top of the world! It was a total pleasure to share Jon’s 2nd summit, Lhakpa’s 11th summit and Lila’s 6th summit. The most amazing team I could have wished for ! @mountexpeds
One year ago today! Camp 3- Mount Everest 8,300m. This is how I felt and looked.... We arrived at camp three, our final stopping point, at 4pm on the 15th May 2017. It has been an unrelenting long and hot climb up from camp 2. Camp three is located at 8,300m above sea level, 300m into the death zone; it is higher than every mountain in the world but five. At this extreme altitude our bodies are rapidly deteriorating. We left camp at 8pm and began the climb along the mighty North east ridge towards the summit.
A cracking bank holiday weekend on the Isle of Arran! This beautiful island is said to be Scotland in miniature, towering mountains, deep lochs and a stunning coastline. A trip here wouldn’t have been complete without popping up its highest peak, Goatfell! Standing at 874m this mountain is classified as one of Scotland’s 222 Corbetts... #ClaimYourCorbett, @tisoonline are currently running a photo competition! All you have to do is snap a picture of yourself on the summit of one of these mountains and hashtag it #ClaimYourCorbett or enter via email@example.com for your chance to win the latest outdoor gear 🧗🏻♀️🚴🏽♀️🏕!! Here is my entry! Got to be in it to win it 🙌
Tiso Hike Jordan Expedition COMPLETE!! Over the last two weeks we have navigated across 200+km of the Jordanian Desert! Battling temperatures of 35c, covering distances of up to 30km a day and carrying horribly heavy backpacks! It’s been tough, really tough! But also so so amazing. Incredible scenery, generous and kind people, what an experience! A huge thank you to @tisoonline their support of this expedition! @cal_major @bex_band 📷 @jamesappletonphotography 🙌
Sun, scorpions, sand and unbelievable scenery - Tiso Hike Jordan Expedition days 1-4. The first four days on the Jordan trail have been tough, tougher than I had even imagined. The Jordanian Desert is an unforgiving environment, it is scorchingly hot, dry and rough underfoot. My feet are blistered and bruised, my body is exhausted and we have another 7 days to go. The pain aside, we have been on the most amazing journey. Trekking through parts of Jordan hardly trodden by westerners, on every turn the views amaze and excite us, we have been wild camping each night and rising with the sun. The Bedouin people have welcomed us warmly to their desert with constant offerings of tea and the question- do you need a guide? We often take the tea but assure them we are capable of navigating ourselves. They always laugh and say ‘but you are three women alone in the desert!?’ All meant in the nicest way, but just maybe, us succeeding here will help to adjust mindsets. Yesterday we reached Petra! The most incredible place. This ancient city was crafted out of the rock thousands of years ago and is completely breathtaking. We have been flung back into civilisation with the thousands of tourists, restaurants and hotels in the area, it feels odd after the simplicity of our desert life. However, today we are taking a well earned rest day to let our blisters heal and resupply before the next step of the Tiso Hike Jordan Expedition to Wadi Rum! @tisoonline @cal_major @bex_band
Point Five gully on Ben Nevis is one of the most famous ice routes in Scotland, if not the world! At 4am on Monday morning @athodgson & I prised ourselves out of our warm sleeping bags and started the long walk-in to the base of the route. . We found the ice in brilliant condition and spent the next few hours working our way up the 4 main pitches, with an impressive lead on the rouge pitch from Aaron! 💪 . The cloud was just hanging below us all day creating some beautiful cloud inversion. As we reached the summit the cloud had caught us up and it was time to get the compass out and nav off in a white out! . Scotland, you never fail to make me happy. WHAT A DAY! 🙌
Happy International Women’s day to all the incredible women out there! It is with much excitement that today we launch the Tiso Hike Jordan Expedition ! In under two weeks time myself and two complete superstars - @paddleagainstplastic @bex_band Ordinary are heading to the Desert!! ☀️ This is going to be a completely new experience for me, trekking in the sun, carrying all our own equipment and navigating our way through this wilderness. I CAN’T WAIT! A huge thank you once again to my incredible sponsors Tiso! Always and wholeheartedly supporting Women in Adventure 💪
I visited a primary school today and one of the little boys asked a great question ‘So, what do clouds actually taste like?’ I love the way kids minds work. On Mount Everest the clouds tasted like all of my dreams, fears and ambitions sugar coated in a whole lot of suffering 🤗 This is a photo of me just entering the death zone of the Northside of Everest, en route to camp 3 - 8,300m. We were climbing way above all of those tasty clouds....Here it was actually super hot, being 8,000m closer to sun than we are at sea level, you sure feel the heat 🔥