Jo in her own words…
My job title is now an Outdoor Instructor and Expedition Leader and since going self-employed I have led 30 expeditions on Kilimanjaro along with numerous other expeditions on foot, 2 wheels and horseback, most at high altitude, all around the world with both charity and private clients.
In the UK I teach and assess the expedition element of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Bronze through to Gold as well as leading many a challenge on bike and foot in the UK and Europe. I also help to deliver corporate team building events and expedition training weekends as well as public speaking about my experiences before I discovered the outdoors, Everest, the earthquake and beyond to corporates, schools and groups.
To be honest I never thought I would summit Snowdon even once so becoming the 3rd British woman to reach the true summit of Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest mountain standing at 8163m in September 2013 and then being the 36th British woman to reach the summit of Everest in May 2016 have been huge and unexpected achievements.
I have gone from having severe vertigo and a great ability to say no way too often to facing my fears, saying yes more and turning my life around. I am now on route to complete the 7 summits and continue to raise funds and awareness for children’s mental health charity Place2Be.
*Please note during this episode we do talk about grief and mental health. Please ensure you are in a good place before you listen to this episode.
Photo Credit - David Altabev and SayYesMore Yestival 2017.
Catching up with Jo
How has it been 3 years!
Who is Jo
What does she do
Coming to terms with climbing Mount Everest
Getting back from Everest and going back to normal life
Dealing with the expedition come down
Sleeping for 10 days
Dealing with the void after expeditions
Coming up with a plan to complete the 7 Summits
Heading off to Alaska to climb Mount Denali - June 2017
Dealing with the death of her father at the end of 2017
Taking a break from the 7 summits in 2018 and focusing on mental health and work
Going on a cruise with her mum
25th Anniversary of Place2Be
Carstensz Pyramid closed and the trip being cancelled
Hoping the unrest in Chile doesn’t cancel the next summit attempt
How she has changed since the earthquake in Nepal
Why there is no Plan B or second chance
The amazing sponsor!!!
Taking students to Everest Base Camp
Finding a way to make it work
Getting into debt
How Jo approached climbing Denali
Why she wanted to climb Denali
Getting at fit as possible and wanting to be on top form
Training with Dave the tyre!
What the weather was like on Denali
The 24hr walk out
Coping mechanisms and practical pieces of advice
“it’s just another day on the hill”
Positive Polly & Negative Nelly
Reading Rebecca Stephens Book - On Top Of The World
Reflecting back on 2018
Blog post - Mission Self-Destruct: successfully aborted
Starting to drink too often
Being proud of her mum
Why there is no time frame on grief
Quick Fire Questions