Adriana in her own words:
“My aim is to become the youngest person to complete all 14 8000m peaks. The current record is 30 years 166 days, held by Mingma "David" Gyabu Sherpa, an absolute legend with whom I got to climb on both K2 and Everest. My plan would be to summit all 14 in 3-4 years meaning I would be 23 years old when I complete my mission.
In 2021 I summited three of them, Mt. Everest, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu all within 6 months.
This is a challenge of both mental and physical resilience, power and grit.
High altitude mountaineering is one of the deadliest sports in the world, this doesn't scare me. It ignites a fire of passion inside me.”
“Be the trailblazer of your own life”
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Who is Adrianna
Being a full time mountaineer
Living between London and Nepal
Starting to climb at 9 years old
Doing the 3 peaks challenge in 24hrs and becoming the youngest person to complete the challenge (this record has since been broken)
Getting into endurance events with her dad
Role models in the adventure/mountaineering world
The why behind climbing Everest
Wanting to be unique and different
Feeling under pressure to go to University
Why university wasn’t for her and quitting after 3 months
Trying to make a living from mountaineering
Having Nimsdai Purja as her guide
Paying for expeditions
Being supported by her parents
Reaching out for sponsorship
The work that goes on behind the scenes
Connecting with the North Face
Taking on the Welsh 3000ers in 24hrs at 16 years old
Starting at 3am on Crib Goch a grade 1 scramble
Climbing Aconcagua - her first taste of altitude and why it was a boring climb
The hardest part of the climb
Coping with the down time, dull days
The mental side of mountaineering
Learning the art of patience
Facing and dealing with fear in the mountains
Letting the negative thoughts in and not being able to think straight
How things can change in minutes
Trying to stay calm
Magical moments in the the mountains
Being inspired to take on the 14,000 project
Training and fitness to take on the 8,000m peaks<