In May 2008, a team of inspiring young women became the most successful women’s expedition ever to summit Mount Everest. They are now in the Snowy Mountains and plan to climb to the top of Australia and Mount Kosciuszko on Wednesday, July 7.
To help, Wilderness Sports of Australia will provide guide services as the team climbs Kosciuszko. Wilderness Sports is a long established tour operator and backcountry guiding service.
The team of nine Nepali women plan to climb seven of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. On successfully climbing all seven summits they will be setting a world record for being the largest team to do so.
During that expedition the issue of climate change struck the members deeply. With the first, and arguably the most challenging summit behind them, the climbers have now taken up a mission that is both meaningful and helpful – not just in Nepal but globally.
The team has made the following vision and mission statements:
Vision: Providing hope to people and empowering them by sharing knowledge about tools for mitigation and adaptation through education and cross cultural learning in order to promote sustainable co-existence of nature and human beings.
Mission: Climb the seven summits, conduct educational exchange programs on climate change in each continent and finally compile the global knowledge in educational materials including a book, animations and posters which will be distributed in schools and libraries in various languages, worldwide.
The team will be using their expedition to highlight the urgent issue of climate change. As part of this focus, the whole team has now adopted a vegan diet for the entire tour. This decision was made in response to the wealth of information regarding the overwhelming impact human food choices have on climate change. This includes the recent UN study1, which indicates that a global shift towards plant-based eating is one of the best ways to alleviate most significant environmental damage, including climate change.
Further to this personal commitment, the project will be made carbon neutral via carbon offsetting. The team has partnered with a local Nepali NGO, Clean Energy Nepal. They are focusing on solar lanterns, bio-gas, and tree plantations in the Himalayan villages to offset the carbon emission resulting from the project.