My name is Meghan Buchanan and I am an Aerospace Engineer, Adventure Athlete and Motivational Speaker.
This November, I will become the 1st Rocket Scientist to climb the 7 Summits!
Next Spring, the 5th US WOMAN to complete the EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM (climbing the world’s 7 Summits and last degree ski to the North and South Poles), and eventually 1st US WOMAN to complete the Adventurers Grand Slam. I am no stranger to taking on the impossible and defying odds. Through my experiences, I have focused my energy on overcoming learning disabilities, stereotypes, obstacles, and life-threatening injuries by applying my tools of GGRIT.
GRATITUDE - GROWTH - RESILIENCE - INTEGRITY - TENACITY
GGRIT IS A CHOICE. CHOOSE TO RISE
Dig in, grit it out and get better at dealing with any challenge. I hope to inspire and teach others to apply GGRIT to reach their full potentials.
RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS for individuals with DYSLEXIA and other learning differences (disabilities)! 100% of net proceeds will benefit: LDA: Learning Disabilities Association of America 501(c)(3)
Facing adversity as early as 7, when my family learned I am dyslexic, I was determined to overcome stereotypes and discrimination to pursue a career as a female engineer with learning differences. As a girl, I found release and acceptance in the outdoors, hiking with my father throughout Colorado. I first summited Kilimanjaro with him in 2005. This was all taken away (2011) in the back bowls of Vail, when I suffered a horrendous, life-threatening snowboarding accident, severely breaking my femur. Told I was lucky to be alive and I would have a cane the rest of my life, I once again had to focus and set my intent. After 2 years of intense physical therapy, a titanium allergy, and surgeries, I persevered to not only climb Kili again, but to take on the GRAND SLAM (7 summits and expedition to the North and South Poles).
1. Kilimanjaro (Africa – 19,300 ft)
2. Aconcagua (South America – 22, 838 ft)
3. Elbrus (Europe – 18,510 ft)
4. Denali (North America – 20,322 ft)
5. South Pole and Vinson Massif (Antarctica – 16,060 ft)
6. Everest (Asia – 29,029 ft)
7. FINISH THE 7 SUMMITS - CARSTENSZ PYRAMID (Oceana - 16,024 ft) - THIS NOV 2022
8. FINISH THE EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM - Last Degree Ski to the North Pole - Spring 2023
HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS JOURNEY:
The TRUE SUMMIT is the JOURNEY, and how amazing it is to be a part of the climb!
Help raise money and awareness for Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities ! Be a part of this epic journey to COMPLETE THE 7 SUMMITS with CARSTENSZ PYRAMID (PUNCAK JAYA)!
- Guiding company, includes:
• Support staff and Logistics
• Flights to/from Timika - Carstensz Base Camp
• Expedition meals
• Team gear
• Technical Weather Reports/Analysis
- Trip Insurance - Required by outfitters and Indonesian Gov.
- Roundtrip Airfare
Then, 100% of NET PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Learning Disabilities Association of America 501c3
- Donation to LDA
• Identification and Prevention
• Rights Advocacy and Protection
• Teacher Education
• Advocacy Tools
• Foster Research
PARTNERSHIP BONUS LEVELS:
<$200 - Add a name to Tibetan Prayer Flags* to be carried to the top of Carstensz Pyramid by Meghan
1ST 15 PEOPLE >$200 - LIMITED EDITION** "Everest Savage"(5), "South Pole Savage"(5) or "Summit Savage"(5), trucker hat
$500 - Day Hiker Level: "GGRIT" or LIMITED EDITION** "PUNCAK JAYA SAVAGE" trucker hat (shipped after climb due to supply chain issues)
$1k - Porter Level: "PUNCAK JAYA 2022" sweatshirt and hat
$5k - Assistant Guide Level: 45 min virtual speaking event for your school, company or group
$7.5k - Lead Guide Level: 1 hr speaking event for your school, company or group, and "PUNCAK JAYA 2022" swag, your logo in pics/post on climb
$10k - Summit Savage Level: Customized Speaking Event, "PUNCAK JAYA 2022" swag, YOUR LOGO in pics/social post leading up to and on climb and SUMMIT***.
* Tibetan Prayer Flags are colorful, rectangular cloths that hung outside and used to promote compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom. They are also used to carry prayers and mantras through the wind in each strand of fabric.
** These hats are not usually for sale, rather made for expedition team, support crew and sponsors. Your chance to live the journey!!
*** Of course, summit not guaranteed. Logo must be appropriate and not offensive to others, and I reserve right to decline
"She shares her personal experiences in life and on the mountain, and how to apply GGRIT to reach your full potential. Meghan's humor and infectious energy inspires everyone; from youth outreach, work colleagues, patients/doctors in physical rehab, her climbing community, to speaking engagements. She will leave you wanting more for yourself and the confidence to achieve it. You should follow her journey through the EXTREME and share in the deeper discovery of GGRIT along the way."
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