The Mountains Women Have Conquered

An International Women’s Day post by Emily Krause

 

From female-only groups of mountaineers to solo rock climbers, women have been (literally) reaching new heights for decades. Women climbers across the globe have shown the world not only that the future is female, but also that women can crash through any glass ceiling, no matter how high. Here are just a few of the incredibly noteworthy female mountaineers you should be talking about in light of International Women’s Day:

 

  1. Junko Tabei

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In the worlds of both camping and climbing, Tabei’s name is well-known. She was the first woman in the world to reach the peak of the globe’s most famous mountain, Mt. Everest, and took on this task with an all-female climbing team nonetheless. The team even survived an avalanche during their ascent up the mountain and continued on fearlessly. After a battle with cancer beginning in 2012, Tabei passed away in October of 2016. In the world of mountaineering, she will forever be remembered as one of the greats.

 

  1. Lynn Hill

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Perhaps the most well-known rock climber in the world, Hill’s claim to fame began when she became the first individual ever to free climb The Nose of the rock formation El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. Let’s take a moment and really reflect on this. What this means is that Hill ascended up El Capitan without any assistance from equipment, meaning, she used her hands and feet and nothing else. Though Hill has many other accomplishments under her belt in the climbing world, this alone deserves massive celebration.

 

  1. Tashi and Nungshi Malik

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Who doesn’t love a good sister story? Tashi and Nungshi Malik are the first pair of twins in the world to climb Mt. Everest together. However, the sisters didn’t stop there. One of their most recent accomplishments was the completion of what is known as the “Explorers Grand Slam”. This incredibly difficult challenge consists of reaching both the North and South poles while skiing, and ascending the Seven Summits. The sisters were the first pair of siblings, and twins, to scale the tallest summit on all seven continents together; talk about girl power.

 

How can I conquer my own mountains?

So, how can you conquer your own mountains, you ask? While we hope that reading about the incredible women above inspired you, we are in no way suggesting you need to climb Mount Everest to prove you’re a strong woman. However, with the approach of International Women’s Day, we hope these simple reminders will both empower and encourage you as you conquer the mountains in your own life:

 

  1. Never apologize for being you

Have you ever found yourself apologizing for absolutely no reason at all? This is a struggle most women find themselves dealing with daily. We apologize for things that don’t merit an “I’m sorry” and most often we do this for things completely out of our control. If Everest wasn’t remorseful for the avalanche it inflicted on Junko Tabei’s team, why should women be apologizing for being themselves? The truth is, women are so much more powerful than we believe, and that should be celebrated, not covered up. Mountains don’t apologize for standing tall, and neither should you. The next time you catch yourself letting an “I’m sorry” slip out for no reason, stop that thought dead in its tracks. Conquering your own mountain starts with unapologetically being the woman you truly are.

 

  1. Never doubt yourself

It’s hard not to look at other women conquering their own mountains and wonder if we’ll ever see the peak of ours. But here’s a secret: the moment we begin to doubt ourselves, the more likely we are to stall our ascent. Over the course of the past two years, women have been making their voices heard more than ever, and your voice can be a part of that movement too. The abandonment of doubt and comparison when it comes to other women may even allow you to open yourself up to courage you didn’t know you had. As you work through your own doubt, try pushing yourself to do things that are out of your comfort zone. If you’re looking for ideas on how to minimize doubt, try traveling or camping alone! When you have no one else to rely on but yourself, you’d be surprised how easy it is to kick the feeling of doubt to the curb.

 

  1. Never say never

One of the ways we can practice the mantra of “never say never” is by not letting simple things hold us back. A perfect example of this is our wardrobe. Many women are afraid to make changes to the things they wear for fear of backlash or even simply because they don’t like to splurge on themselves. Starting small by putting your own comfort first, even in the type of underwear you purchase, can be a big step in the right direction. Women like Lynn Hill and the Malik sisters don’t let anything hold them back, especially not things like uncomfortable undergarments. Next time you start to say never to the small things, make some wardrobe changes that benefit you instead, like putting comfort first when it comes to the kind of bra you wear. If you’re already putting yourself first when it comes to your clothing choices, identify another area in life where you keep telling yourself “no”, and turn it into a yes!

 

Guest Author at

Emily is a content creator from the bay area focused on female empowerment and self-love. When’s she’s not behind her keyboard, she loves to spend her free time hiking with her dogs and watching reruns of The Office.

She is also is a millennial mom of two crazy kiddos and a content creator for True and Co. She believes in self-love and the power of women. Emily runs on coffee and Gilmore Girls quotes.

34 thoughts on “The Mountains Women Have Conquered

  • April 7, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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    Go girl power! I definitely think that a girl can do this just as well as a guy can. What an encouragement!

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  • March 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    Such an inspirational post about these exceptional women. Never give up attitude is the most important thing to successful. There must be times when things are not going to great at your end, but sticking to your goal and constantly working on it can make everything worth at the end. Great read indeed.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 7:13 pm
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    This article is so inspiring! I hope I can raise my girls to go after their dreams as these amazing women have. Happy International Women’s Day to you and yours.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Wow, what a great post on Women’s Day. Great to see many women who conquered so many majestic mountains. I loved the last tip about never say never. Even in wardrobe choice, we have to select comfort first rather than painful fashionable choices. Thanks for sharing an inspiring post.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 9:13 am
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    I didn’t know anyone could free climb El Capitan. Kinda gives me the shivers even thinking about it but what an amazing achievement. Great inspiring post, thanks for sharing.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    I am so scared of heights and look at these women! Such inspiring people. Had read of Junko Tabei’s feat when I was in school and how she inspired women in the mountaineering community that the weaker sex tag was just in the mind! More power to all the mountaineers and rock climbers out there, and also all women in general. Never give up 😀

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  • March 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    I’m definitely not a mountaineer, but the ‘never say never’ saying is something I always practice. These women are so inspiring, and show us that you can achieve anything when you put your mind to it. I’ve never heard of the first lady, but what an achievement she made, and before she died too.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Inspired stuff. I love it! Nothing like hiking too, to get through some big league mental blocks….men and women alike.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    Whoa!? Free climbed that is just blowing my mind to think about. These women are amazing.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 12:30 am
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    This is a great feeling to see how these women have conquered the mountains, more interesting is to know how this has inspired you. I wish all luck to you for your upcoming goals.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    Such an inspirational post. I went ahead and read up on Lynn Hill since I just finished a book that talks about rock climbing. I love how you’ve not just talked about all the women who have achieved so much, but also take a personal approach and mention how you overcome your mountains.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    I really admire them they are really brave HAHAHHA! Hiking is one of my favorite hobby too 🙂

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  • March 12, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    As a woman who loves to camp and who loves mountains, I enjoyed your post from the time I saw the title! 🙂 Great, inspiring stories from women who have been able to accomplish so much! I enjoyed reading their stories.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    Love this. its so inspirational to see other women accomplishing these things. It gives us something to look up to when we think we can’t do something because were a woman

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  • March 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    These women are such inspirational. I never rock climbed or hiked but I knew some brave girls who have! Thanks for the interesting and inspiring read!

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  • March 12, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    What a lovely stories. This symbolizes the strength of women. I am so inspired!

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    • March 12, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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      Hi Helen! I’m so happy to hear the content inspired you 🙂

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  • March 12, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    My kind of mountains are not those physical mountains but challenges that I face regularly. I learned to embrace my power and learn from every challenges, just like what you do in climbing those rock points. The sweetest thing is when we successful reach the top (goal) on our own.

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    • March 12, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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      I couldn’t agree more with you Blair!

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  • March 12, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    Love this, a super timely post to be sure, and one that I know my wife is going to love when I share it with her!

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  • March 11, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    I can never understand free climbing or free diving – both without safety and breathing apparatus. Still, kudos to these brave women for conquering literal mountains!

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  • March 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    I love this post! Celebrating the accomplishments of women and making me want to go climb a mountain instead of going back to school this week. Thanks for sharing!

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    • March 12, 2019 at 1:07 pm
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      So happy I could inspire you to want to go mountain climbing! 🙂

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  • March 11, 2019 at 2:32 pm
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    They have conquered indeed! Cheers to them. Lynn Hill particularly inspires me and she must have a ton of self-drive, right?

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  • March 11, 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    Wow! This is amazing to see women take such risks.

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  • March 11, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    A group of very inspired women although I admitted I only heard about Junko Tabei before! I don’t think I will be able to climb Mt. Everest or to free climb the Nose like Lynn Hill or completed The Explorers Grand Slam like the Malik twins. But I strongly agree with what you said, what we must do is never doubt ourselves. Never say never, and to stop apologizing for being ourselves.

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  • March 11, 2019 at 1:49 am
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    Wow, these women are all amazing! Especially Junko Tabei. She lived such an incredibly full and accomplished life!

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  • March 10, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    Oh my! What incredible achievements by these women – so perfect to celebrate International Women’s Day! Lynn Hill is amazing – I can’t believe she was the first ever person to free client to the Nose at Yosemite. I love your recommendations on how us as women can conquer our own mountains – especially the one about never doubting ourselves. It is so true that once we doubt ourselves, it acts as a hindrance and makes it challenging for us to conquer our mountain.

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  • March 9, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    Wow, these women are so inspirational! And, I love your message to conquer our own mountains. It really shows that we women can do anything we set our minds to.

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  • March 8, 2019 at 11:14 pm
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    Wow, these are some tough women! I love that we are not only busting glass ceilings, but cloud cover as well. The free climbing photo of Lynn Hill is absolutely wild! It’s giving me goosebumps just thinking about that impressive feat!

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    • March 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm
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      I got goosebumps reading and writing about Lynn Hill as well! Definitely impressive and hard to even wrap my head around!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 9:32 pm
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    Never doubt yourself. This is such a good mantra to have. Thanks for sharing the stories of women who have conquered mountains. They are awesome.

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  • March 8, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    What a great post, I love the message behind and what an amazing group of women!!

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