International Women’s Day – Women Behaving Adventurously
Tuesday 8th March kicks off International Women’s Day and since we’re all about living life adventurously, we thought this would be a prime opportunity to combine the two. We’re looking back over some of our most treasured adventurous women who paved the way for risk-taking women everywhere.
Air: Amelia Earhart
You may know more about the mystery disappearance of Ms Earhart more than the woman herself, but she was quite extraordinary! Aged 24, Amelia took her first pilot lesson and bought her own plane just months later. Amelia then went on to break women’s world records in aviation, including altitude records, speed records and then becoming the first ever woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. She later found her demise just shy of her 40th birthday as she attempted to be the first woman to fly around the world.
Land: Rosie Swale-Pope
The first person to run around the entire world! It took her almost 5 years to complete her challenge, covering 21,000 miles, 52 pairs of trainers, and raising £250,000 for Prostate Cancer Awareness. Rosie decided to complete the race from her hometown of Tenby, in Wales, to raise funds and honour the memory of her late husband.
Sea: Nikki Curwen
Go Ape’s very own Nikki Curwen. A previous instructor at Go Ape took on the Mini Transat challenge and became the first woman to complete the solo-race across the Atlantic. So we may be a little bias, but we think that’s pretty adventurous. Nikki has worked tirelessly to compete in this challenge for the past 3 years before the date was upon her. Nikki then spent days at sea, traveling 4000 miles, single-handedly alternating between sleep and sailing until she crossed the finish line and was named the first woman to do so. Read more about Nikki’s adventure here.
Altitude: Alison Hargreaves
British bred Alison Hargreaves from Derbyshire became the first woman in history to climb Mount Everest without the use of bottled oxygen. In 1992, Alison climbed the world’s highest and arguably most dangerous mountain unaided by sherpas and emergency oxygen. Amazingly, Hargreaves made it to the summit and descended safely. Sounds superhuman to us!
Beasts: Lara Prior-Palmer
Another British treasure doing it for the girls. In 2013, 19-year-old Lara Prior-Palmer rode 650 miles, 13 hours a day, to become the first and youngest woman to win the Mongol Derby. The Mongol Derby takes place over 10 days and travels across the Mongolian Steppe, facing extreme conditions and fierce competition from other racers. In her final year of being a teenager, Lara faced the longest and toughest horse race and come out a winner.
We’re not expecting your class to put down their exercise books and climb a mountain, but perhaps there’s an exciting challenge that you could face as a class. Maybe even tackling a Tree Top Junior Adventure as a class? We hope this has inspired you to live life more adventurously and get out there and give it a go.