In 1993 Rebecca Stephens became
the first British woman to climb Everest. After reaching the summit of Everest
she continued climbing the world’s highest peaks on each continent. She later
became the first British woman to climb the seven summits.
In 1989 Rebecca was working as
a journalist in London for the Sunday Times magazine. She was the Deputy Editor,
and was sent to Everest to report on an expedition climbing the North East
Ridge. While reporting in Nepal she discovered a desire to climb. She started
training and through hard work and focus reached the summit just four years
Rebecca has written a book
about her journey to the summit of Everest, "On Top of the World". In addition to
mountaineering, Rebecca has also become interested in adventure racing. She
participated in an Eco Challenge race across Canada with polar expedition
explorers Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dr. Mike Stroud OBE. The challenge included
horseback riding, climbing, canoeing, white water rafting and mountain biking.
Rebecca also works as a consultant for Outward Bound and is a trustee for the
Sir Hillary’s Himalayan Trust.