1st African Women's Team to attempt Everest Summit

Martin Luther King was not the only one with a dream.....

A group of four South African Women intend to be the first South African all-women team to summit the world’s highest mountain in 2020.

To demonstrate that women can. To leave footsteps for other women to follow, and to prove that it’s only a crazy dream until you do it.  A percentage of the sponsorship fee will go towards inspiring, supporting and empowering African women entrepreneurs.

Training is already underway for the April 2020 expedition – including two massive practice climbs (Mont Blanc in the French Alps in September and Aconcagua in the Argentinian Andes in January).

The Give Back
Building up a business is like climbing Mt. Everest!
We’ve all used the phrase “it’s like climbing a mountain” when referring to a life experience which is particularly hard or covered in obstacles.
No-one knows this better than start-ups. Starting a business from scratch required many hours of preparation, endurance, sacrifice while staying focused on the long-term goal of achieving success. Not many start-ups become scalable and there could be many different reasons for this.
As female entrepreneurs, we get it! We have been climbing our business Everests for many years now and therefore understand the pain involved in making a business sustainable.
As mountaineers, we have physically walked these journeys as well.
Our mission is to highlight the plight of the female entrepreneur in Africa, by climbing the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest. In doing so, we will show the world the metaphorical journey of building a business from scratch and juxtapose that over the journey of starting, building and scaling a business.
Our hope is to inspire (particularly female) entrepreneurs, relate to their everyday struggles and create a positive narrative around the possibilities/victories which await those who give it their all!

Meet The Team

Each of our four team members has extensive mountaineering experience and will be adding to their skills during the course of 2019/ 2020.
39492916_155889481540728_r.jpegLeft to Right: Lisa Gering, Deshun Deysel, Alda Waddell and Tumi Mphahlele

Deshun Deysel
Profession:Business Coach and Performance Management Consultant.
Home life:Married mother of two.
Summits: Two expeditions to Mt. Everest, four expeditions to Mt. Kilimanjaro and multiple high altitude summits around the world.

Alda Waddell
Profession:Businesswoman and Dealer Principal.
Home life:Mother of twins.
Summits: Kilimanjaro expedition and multiple local summits.

Lisa Gering
Profession:Businesswoman and Executive Coach.
Home Life:Single.
Summits:Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt Elbrus, Aconcagua expedition, and treks to Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

Tumi Mphahlele
Profession: Entrepreneur
Home Life: Married
Summits: Mt Aconcagua, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, Mt Bonete, Mt Mulanje and a trek to Machu Picchu.

Adventures Global, a Cape Town-based adventure travel company, has been secured as a logistics partner. A wide-scale 18-month media campaign has already started, including TV, radio, print and digital.

A world-renowned mountain journalist and photographer, Tony Lourens, will be based permanently at Everest Base Camp for the duration of the expedition to oversee the extensive press, radio, television and digital coverage of the expedition.
39492916_1559844596475199_r.jpegC. Important Dates
The Everest expedition will take place in April and May 2020.
The team will also add to their snow and ice skills by:
·     Training on Mont Blanc in the Alps (September 2019)
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and is 4,808 metres high; Essential mountaineering skills will be covered; including mixed alpine climbing, ice climbing, glacier travel, and avalanche awareness.
·     Climbing Aconcagua in Argentina (January 2020)
Aconcagua is 6,962 metres high and is the highest peak outside of the Himalayas; It is perfect high altitude training in advance of the Everest expedition.


Contact Details


Deshun Deysel
+27 71 588 4949 
Alda Waddell      
+27 82 823 2690
Lisa Gering             
+27 82 441 9419
Tumi Mphahlele
+27 82 909 0000
Ronnie Muhl
+27 82 777 8151


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Fundraising team: Everest 2020 South Africa (4)

Jurjen Draaijer 
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Lisa Gering 
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