High altitude trekker and one of Exodus’ most renowned and experienced leaders, Valerie is known rightly as an “Exodus Legend.”
The first British woman to summit Manaslu (8,163m), the eighth tallest peak in the world, without supplementary oxygen, to say Valerie is an experienced trekker is an understatement. She has led the ascent of Stok Kangri more than 20 times and spent at least 14 Christmas days trekking to Everest Base Camp.
In 2009 (as a 50th birthday present to herself!) she attempted to summit Everest and (despite running out of oxygen and getting frostbite) successfully reached the South Summit at 8,761m. She has been instrumental in setting up and managing Exodus’ various Responsible Travel projects in the Himalaya.
This year as Exodus celebrates it’s 40th anniversary, Valerie has an anniversary of her own to celebrate – 2014 will be the 30th year she has been leading treks in the Himalaya – and for those of you who can do the maths – more than 50% of her life has been spent amongst the most magnificent mountains on Earth.