September 29, 1988, Stacy Allison became the first American women to reach the
summit of Mt. Everest. How she got there is a story of hard work, dedication
and perseverance. The journey began while Stacy was still a student at the
Oregon State University. She made a life altering decision to join a few fellow
students on a road trip to Zion National Park and climb over break. She loved
it, and her life has never been the same.
after discovering her passion for rock climbing Stacy
started climbing mountains. First New Hampshire’s Mt.
Washington, then the peaks in Alaska began to beckon and
she found herself on the slopes of Mt. Huntington for
her first mountaineering expedition. The Huntington
climb has unsuccessful as her partner broke his ice axe
200 feet from the summit and they had to turn back. This
experience only fueled her fire, as her desire to reach
the top of the world’s most technical peaks grew. The
following year Stacy reached the top of Mt. McKinley and
went on to be part of the first successful all women
ascent of Dablam, Nepal’s Matterhorn at 22,495ft.
Stacy’s first attempt at Mt.
Everest was as a member of The North Face American Everest Expedition.
However, due to days spent waiting out a challenging storm trapped in a snow
cave and relentless winds the expedition made the difficult decision to turn
back. When she returned to the mountain in 1988 as a member of the Northwest
American Everest Expedition, Stacy’s dream of standing on top of the Worlds
highest peak came into fruition. After 29 days on the mountain Stacy became
the first American women to reach the summit.
Stacy has since been a
successful expedition leader up K2, considered the world’s most difficult peak
and second highest. Stacey’s mission is to encourage people to move beyond
there set limitations to achieve their dreams. She accomplishes these goals
not only through guiding, but public speaking and through her writing. Her
books include, Beyond the Limits: A Women’s Triumph on Everest and, Many
Mountains to Climb: Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment.
For more on Stacy and her speaking,
speaking page here.