Climbing for a Dream; Seven Summits
Summits of hope, love and dreams. I am just a girl from Queens, New York who has been blessed with an indomitable spirit, courage, hope and big dreams.
The "7 Summits" journey is a very costly endeavour. It is impossible for me to finance it on my own. But if there is one very important thing I have learned throughout my life, it is to Never Give Up on my dreams and to keep fighting, striving and pushing no matter what.
This is my brief-- story. All my life, I've been told I wasn't tall enough, fast enough, strong enough. At the age of 15, I left an abusive home. Working after school to support myself and stay on the right path are just some of the obstacles I've overcomed. I ran my first New York City Marathon at the age of 16 and have completed 30 thus far. (I have also run the Boston, Chicago and LA marathons, countless half marathons, among others).
As an elite athlete, I became my own hero and took those accomplishments to build self confidence as well as inspire others to do the same. Being diagnosed with ADD, I have always benefited and have been drawned to high intensity activities.
I started boxing shortly after completing my first NYC Marathon. I have never done anything half fast. It was the sport that challenged me in every way. I won 2 NYC Golden Gloves, a USA National & International Amateur Boxing Championship and became the first female ever to be named "Athlete of the Year" as voted by the United States Olympic Committee.
After a 3-year layoff from boxing, and feeling like I had unfinished business, I turned professional in 2010. In 2013, I won my first pro crown: the New York State Title. Unfortunately, women's boxing is not a lucrative sport. I have been self-managed and boxed for the pure love and joy of the sport. After receiving 6 stitches above my right eye and forced to take some time off from boxing, I turned my focus on nature and healing from the inside out.
On Dec 2015 I went to Utah for my birthday and first alpine climbing experience up to Mount Superior. It would be my first time in full mountaineering gear: boots, crampons, ice axe and snow shoes. I completed the climb with a successful summit. The guide said he had never seen someone with zero experience complete such a challenging climb on their first try.
The following year, 2016, I signed up for my first expedition in Ecuador. I was scheduled to climb 5 mountains in 10 days. I successfulluy summitted 3 out of 5. After that trip, I returned to NYC and prepared properly. Five months later, in December 2016, I summitted 5 out of 5 mountains including the iconic Chimborazo (20,702ft -6,263 ms), the highest mountain in Ecuador. And so I became the first professional female boxer to reach its peak. At that moment, as I basked in such beauty, in my heart and mind I realized that I needed to take my passion and love for the mountains to the next level.
My goal and dream is to climb the "Seven Summits", the highest mountains in the world: Aconcagua, Denali, Elbrus, Everest, Kilimanjaro, Cartensz and Vinson.
I already climbed Kilimanjaro (Africa), on February 2017 in 2.5 days! On December 29, 2017, I reached the summit of Aconcagua (South America) my 2nd & I became the 1st female and boxer, from Queens, NY, to achieve such feat. On September 5, 2019 I successfully summitted Elbrus in Russia (Europe) via North Route and my 3rd of 7 Summits.
I am convinced that education and sports are powerful tools to overcome pain. They were my saviors. I want the same for the girls and women of my community.
Tentative schedule and cost: Already climbed: 2017 Feb: (Africa) Kilimanjaro ✔ ($3,500) Dec:(South America)Aconcagua ✔($7,500). Elbrus ✔($7,500).
2021: June (Alaska) Denali ($10,000) October (Indonesia) Cartensz Pyramid ($30,000) Dec: (Antartica) Vinson ($20,000); 2022: May: (Asia) Everest ($75,000);
Total cost for remaining Summits: $140,000 (not including gear, flights and skill trainings in other mountains)
- M Lawrence Lallande
- Craig Falkenhagen
- Patti Brady
- Ruth Li
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