Winter Tales -Tori James -Reaching your Everest – Believing you can do it

This winter we’re launching our very own set of lectures called Boulders’ Winter Tales.  We’ve been fortunate to confirm three amazing speakers who will be discussing their experiences and achievements along with the challenges they’ve faced and conquered along the way.  Each lecture is free to attend but we request that a donation is made to the speaker’s charity of choice.

Tori James – ‘Reaching your Everest – Believing you can do it’

Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first ever Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest.

Tori is a multi-talented individual with a passion for extreme adventure in sub zero temperatures.  She grew up on a farm in Pembrokeshire (West Wales) where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather.  After gaining a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University, Tori spent three years working for the British Exploring which is based at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London.  It was during her time working in the attic of the RGS that she became part of a team that was determined to make the record books.

In May 2005, The Pink Lady PoleCats 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 The Pink Lady PoleCats finish the race in 6th position out of 16 teams, beating all-male teams along the way, but they also raced through polar bear territory, across constantly-shifting sea ice and battled against temperatures of -40°C.

Two years later, on 24 May 2007, Tori climbed to the summit of Mount Everest (8,850 metres/29,035 feet).  In doing so, she became the youngest British female (at that time) and the first ever Welsh woman to reach the summit.  In January 2010, Tori took to two wheels and cycled the length of New Zealand, a total of 2400 km, unsupported from north to south.  

Tori currently lives and works in Cardiff and in her spare time she is a co-founder of the group Cardiff Explorers which launched 2010.  She is an Honorary Patron for the Search & Rescue Dog Association (South Wales), a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and British Exploring and an Ambassador for Girlguiding UK.  Her expeditions have raised over £40,000 for charity.

Tori recently featured in a Visit Wales campaign and volunteered as a Gamesmaker during the London 2012 Olympics.  In January 2013 Tori published her first book. “Peak Performance” describes her record-breaking climb to the summit of Mount Everest.  

Chosen Charity – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award