Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor in space physics at the University of Leicester. Susie is a keen mountaineer, and was the first person to chart a number of remote peaks in the Andes.
She was also the winner of the BBC Two television series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? Suzie shares more on the tough girl podcast about;
growing up, working in academia, her mountaineering expeditions and why she wants to go into space!
Loving sports & science
Coming from a sporty and academic family
Playing lacrosse at school and University
Deciding to take up high altitude mountaineering
Climbing mountains in South America - Heading to Bolivia to climb 6,000 m peaks
The struggles she faced at the start - dealing with the cold the wind and the altitude
How she moved forward with mountaineering
How she developed her skills with no money
Climbing a non technical mountain and learning through experience
The impact of altitude on her body
The next mountain and heading to Alaska!
Climbing Denali….with no guide
Being stuck inside the tent for 12 days…
The preparation that’s done in advance
Summit night on Denali
Fitting in climbing around her PhD
Funding her expeditions to the Andes
Collecting data and using the super computer!
Identifying all of the mountains over 5,000 m in the Andes
Finding Inca ruins on the summit of mountains
Getting to name the mountains…
106 mountains over 6,000 metres….
Route planning in modern times
Adjusting back to life after spending time out in the mountains
TV opportunity and being approached by the BBC… Do you want to be an Astronaut?!
Being taken outside her comfort zone
Staying calm under pressure
Wanting to go into space & astronaut selection..
Being back in the academic world
Inspiring the younger generation with outreach programs
Dreaming about the mountains….
Having balance in her life… getting up at 5am, running, getting to work at 7 am, work…
Why routine is so important
Learning languages… and why you have to challenge yourself and do things that you aren’t good at
Persistence, working hard and developing skills
Learn more about Suzie
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