14 x 8000m Peaks No O2

I am a mountaineer and guide from the Blue Mountains of Australia with over 23 years of climbing experience. My newest adventure is to take on all of the 8000ers, the 14 highest peaks in the world, which are all 8000m above sea level. I aim to do this without the use of supplemental oxygen. To date, no Australian has completed this challenge. You can help me!

I discovered climbing in 1999 when I signed up to an Outdoor Recreation course at a local college. I grew up in Australia’s largest climbing area but had never rock climbed until then. With no clear direction in my life at the time I found a career that I enjoyed, and I was naturally good at.

At the start of 2000, I joined a technical mountaineering course in New Zealand. That course changed my life as I finally found my passion. Later that year I finished my Outdoor Leadership Certificate. I then worked as an assistant guide on an expedition to Aconcagua in Argentina. It was the first time I had the taste of high-altitude mountaineering, and I was addicted. I discovered that I was physically strong in the thin air and had the ability to look after others, not just myself.

My mountaineering journey took me from the Southern Alps of New Zealand to the Andes of South America. After 3 seasons of climbing and guiding in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru, I decided I was ready to climb an 8000m mountain. In 2007 I went to Cho Oyu, in Tibet. My climbing partner suffered frost-nip on his toes during our acclimatisation phase on the mountain. He stayed at the Base Camp while I reached the summit alone - which I managed to achieve without the use of supplemental oxygen.

At the time I had dreams to scale all 14 of the 8000m mountains however, I did not have the financial means to do so. I chose Everest to climb next because I believed if I summited Everest, it might satisfy my bug and I would not need to climb anymore 8000ers. It took me 3 years to save up for that goal. In that time, I did not go to altitude or even wear a pair of crampons. My dream was to summit without additional oxygen however I was too slow on the mountain from the time spent living close to sea level. I made the summit using bottled oxygen and did not fulfil my entire goal. This only made me hunger for more.

I have been on five expeditions to 8000m peaks since I summited Everest in 2011. Most recently I climbed Annapurna 1 in April, 2022. I realised that high altitude is where my spirit is free and exactly where I should be. I now have the desire and motivation to fulfil my ambition.

I have been training physically and mentally for this project for years now. I have learned a lot from my successful 8000m climbs but I have learned more from my failures. Over the years I have spent time gaining confidence in my skills with time on the tools ice climbing. I am at a time in my life where I can give full commitment to this goal. I aim to inspire others, women and men that they can dream big too and they are capable of more than they know. It’s never too late in life to follow your passion and achieve big things. I need your help to make this dream come true.

Thank you for your support!

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