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Sara Safari - Aiming to be the first Iranian to climb the Seven Summits (only Mt. Everest to go!)

Michelle Griffith-Robinson - Former GB Olympian, wife, mother of 3, lifestyle coach, personal trainer and Ambassador for Diabetes UK

Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor, Electrical Engineer and advocate for women empowerment. Sara was born in Iran and moved to the USA in 2002 to continue her education in electrical engineering. While teaching at California State University Fullerton, Sara met the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She decided to climb Mt. Everest to raise funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. She is now a board member and director of development of Empower Nepali Girls and she dedicated her book “Follow My Footsteps” to this organisation. Sara will be the first Iranian in history to climb the Seven Summits, the seven highest peaks in each continent. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss out. The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out


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Show notes

  • Just another Everest climber!

  • Born in Iran and moved to the USA at age 20

  • Living in California

  • Being very grateful to her parents for their sacrifices

  • Studying electrical engineering

  • Wanting to raise money for the Empower Nepali Girls foundation

  • Starting from zero

  • Getting outside her comfort zone

  • Being a shy person

  • Asking strangers for money

  • Climbing Everest - April 2015

  • Meeting the girls from Nepal

  • Being on an ice wall during the earthquake at 20,000 ft

  • The turning point in her life

  • Starting to climb the 7 summits

  • Going back to climb Everest again…but ended up breaking her arm

  • Going through a divorce in 2008

  • Getting the idea to cross Greenland

  • Getting excited about the next expedition

  • Using the time to reflect back on her life

  • The uniqueness of the challenge

  • Advice for women going through a tough situation

  • The patience needed in mountain climbing

  • The team dynamics in Greenland

  • The National Geographic article about the Greenland crossing

  • Funding challenges and adventures

  • Building mental resilience and determination

  • Being a work in progress

  • Learning new habits and transforming herself

  • The power of saying it out-loud to the world

  • Training to get fit and building muscle and endurance

  • Living with a heavy pack on

  • Tips for rest and recovery

  • Walking in the sun everyday for 20 mins

  • Why you have to START NOW!


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