Mountain-climbing is dangerous, demanding, and elusive. Climbers are obsessed with pushing physical and mental boundaries. They are fascinated with conquering the unattainable. How do they balance this insatiable thirst for risk and adventure with the responsibilities of life – including their role as a parent?
Christine Amour-Levar leads all-female teams on expeditions to the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Middle East, Africa, and the Himalayas with her non-profits Women on a Mission and HER Planet Earth. Women on a Mission aims to support and empower women who are survivors of war and abuse, while HER Planet Earth champions underprivileged women who are affected by climate change. She is currently the CMO at iRace, and heads Marketing and Communications at Temasek Management Services.
Lien Choong Luen is one of only two Singaporeans who have scaled the world’s two highest mountains – Mount Everest and K2. He puts himself through extreme conditions: competing in ultra-marathons in the Gobi desert at 50°C, running through the Amazon jungle, travelling in the Arctic circle in winter at -50°C, and skiing to the North Pole. He is currently the COO of a fintech platform, tryb Group, and previously helped Sierra Leone rebuild their healthcare sector post-Ebola crisis as a consultant.
Brooks Entwistle summited Mount Everest in 27 days in May 2017. A Colorado native, he became the oldest American to ski an 8,000m peak when he climbed and skied from the summit of Tibet’s Cho Oyu (8,200m) in 2016. Brooks cut over half the time required to climb both peaks with a pre-acclimatisation and fitness regime as part of Alpenglow Expeditions’ Rapid Ascent Team. He is currently the Chief Business Officer and Regional General Manager for Asia Pacific at Uber.
Elizabeth Tan is the CEO of Heatwave Shoes and co-founder of Sight to Sky Limited, a non-profit that conducts mobile health clinics in inaccessible villages, with a focus on eye conditions. She loves mountain climbing and hopes to climb Mount Everest in the next 3 years.
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