Posted on 20/07/2012
BA Geography, 2003 RHBNC
The mountaineer and adventurer Tori James became the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest at the age of 25. She is the first Welsh woman to climb Everest and Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest mountain. Her team became the first ever all-female team to complete the Polar Challenge, a gruelling 360 mile race to the magnetic North Pole. “Not only did we finish strongly in 6th position”, she says, “we beat some all-male teams along the way! We raced through polar bear territory, across constantly-shifting sea ice in white out conditions and in temperatures of -40°C”. The team raised £30,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Tori initially worked for the British Schools Exploring Society, based at the Royal Geographical Society. “There I inspired hundreds of young explorers from all over the UK to take up the challenge of science work on overseas expeditions to some of the most remote and unique places in the world”.