About a month ago, I put out a public message saying I was looking for women to join me on an all female expedition to climb the equivalent height of Everest over 5 days in the Lake District. Here’s what my insecurities told me; the challenge wasn’t good enough, no one was interested in joining me, no one is going to apply. What actually happened? In little over a week, I received over 100 applications, along with dozens of messages from women saying they couldn’t make the date but so wanted to do it and wished me all the best. Wow!
The task of selecting
I read every single one of those applications, twice. There were some incredible stories in there of horrible times overcome. Along with inspiration of everyday women raising children, supporting their families, helping others in need, running business and generally just being amazing.
I enlisted the help of 2 others to shortlist 12. I wanted the team to represent women from all walks of life. We looked for applicants that showed an excitement for the project with fresh ideas, a willingness to train and help others in the process and also something that they could bring to the team, be it a skill or a sense of humour.
It was so much harder than I anticipated
I then spent an agonising day looking at the shortlisted applications and trying to put together a team. Here’s me my sister and nephew (he played a vital role), working on an x-factor style set up…
It was so much harder than I ever imagined and was like a jigsaw puzzle, balancing out personality types and abilities. It was a horrible task letting so many down….I’ve felt that rejection before. Rejection can be a great thing though and, ironically, it was being let down that ultimately led me to put this expedition together!
The final team
I have my final team of 9, ready to take on the Everest Adventure. Please do show your support by signing up for a monthly update or following our journey on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook where I will be posting regular updates on training and progress. If you aren’t already in our women’s adventurer Love Her Wild facebook group…join now!
We will all be meeting for the first time at the beginning of June for a mini adventure and a chance to get to know each other and I will let you know how that goes. For now though, meet the team….