Charlotte Fox was born in 1957
in Greensboro, NC. She has a long and impressive climbing resume which includes
being the first American women to summit three 8000m peaks. However, she reached
celebrity status in 1996 after summiting Mount Everest on May 10. Eight people
died that day during a horrific storm on the mountain. Charlotte survived the
descent but her expedition leader, Scott Fisher did not. The storm and the
experience of those involved became a media topic, bringing Everest into dinner
conversations around the world.
Charlotte has reached mountain
peaks around the world as well as in her own backyard. In Asia, in addition to
having climbed Everest, she has climbed Cho Oyu, and was the first American
woman to reach the summit of Gasherbrum II. In South America Charlotte has
climbed Aconcagua, Hauscaran and Chopicalqui, along with several 18,000ft peaks
throughout Peru. She has climbed Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, Kilimanjaro, Mont
Blanc, and made many alpine ice routes in the Canadian Rockies. In America she
has climbed the West Rib on Denali, Mt Rainer and all of Colorado’s “14ers”.
For over two decades Charlotte
has worked as a professional Ski Patrol and as an Emergency Medical Technician.
It is no surprise that she has also made many mountaineering ski descents in
North America and Europe. After her 1996 experience, Charlotte spoke publicly
about the events on Everest in order to raise money for the Access Fund. She has
sat on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization; the mission of
the Access Fund revolves around keeping climbers involved in keeping America’s
climbing resources open.