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Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O'Dowd has climbed Everest twice, she draws on her experiences to talk about issues of teamwork, risk assessment, self-motivation and tackling overwhelming challenges. Cathy’s compelling story of risk, adventure and adversity will inspire audiences to achieve their goals. Her passionate tale of leadership and facing the unimaginable ensures she is a sought after motivational speaker. 

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Cathy O'Dowd Biography

Motivational speaker, author and climber Cathy O’Dowd is the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides.

Cathy and her husband, climber Ian Woodall, first reached the summit of Everest in 1996 as part of a South African national expedition. She was one of 200 South African women who applied for a place and was the only one selected. The team followed the route made famous by Edmund Hillary, but her triumph was marred by the controversial death of expedition-mate, photographer Bruce Herrod.

She always knew she wanted to climb the world’s highest mountain and her love of adventure travel had taken Cathy on a dog-sled expedition through the remote wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic and a climb over the sheer rock walls of Yosemite National Park.

Two years after her first visit to Everest,  Cathy returned to the hallowed mountain,...

Motivational speaker, author and climber Cathy O’Dowd is the world’s first woman to climb Mount Everest from both the North and South sides.

Cathy and her husband, climber Ian Woodall, first reached the summit of Everest in 1996 as part of a South African national expedition. She was one of 200 South African women who applied for a place and was the only one selected. The team followed the route made famous by Edmund Hillary, but her triumph was marred by the controversial death of expedition-mate, photographer Bruce Herrod.

She always knew she wanted to climb the world’s highest mountain and her love of adventure travel had taken Cathy on a dog-sled expedition through the remote wilderness of the Norwegian Arctic and a climb over the sheer rock walls of Yosemite National Park.

Two years after her first visit to Everest,  Cathy returned to the hallowed mountain, this time to the treacherous North face. When she came across a frozen American woman, in the last hour of her life, she could not go on. Cathy decided that she was climbing for the love of climbing and not for the glory of reaching the summit, and that she would get no pleasure from continuing when she had watched a woman die, so she returned home.

Back in 1999, Cathy returned to Everest, and became the first woman in the world to climb Everest from both north and south sides.

In 2000 Cathy became only the fourth woman in the world to climb Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain.

Her two books Everest: Free To Decide, and Just for the Love of It have become best-sellers and have been translated into different languages.

Speaking Topics

Cathy O'Dowd has climbed Everest twice, and is a consummate and charismatic motivational speaker.

  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Adventure & Explorer
  • Women
  • Adversity
  • Leadership

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