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When you make it to the summit of Mt. Everest you are only half way there.
— Elyse Ping Medvigy

Are you sitting at the base of your largest goals wanting to climb, but fearful of failure?

Living in fear is such a paralyzing way to live.

I just love stories about climbing mountains. There are some many analogies to real life.

When it comes to climbing high altitude mountains, the stakes are higher and there is no mountain that has captured the dreams and fascinations of climbers and non-climbers like the tallest peak on Earth, Mt. Everest.

The accomplishment of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest and making it back to tell the tale has been documented in numerous books, documentaries and movies.

For some, summiting Mt. Everest is the ultimate goal.

However, for my guest on Episode 21 of the The Recovering Athlete, Elyse Ping Medvigy, Everest was just another opportunity to do something nobody has ever done before.

Elyse is a retired Army Veteran who was the first female fire support in Afghanistan, as well as an experienced high altitude mountaineer who has summited five of the seven summits on Earth. Her climb on Everest made her the first female active duty officer to successful summit the iconic mountain.

Get ready to have the chills on Episode 21 as Elyse shares her story of moving past fear and obstacles to reach her goals and pave the way for many other women.


In this episode you will learn:

  • How Elyse paved the way for women in the military and in mountaineering.

  • Elyse’s approach to managing fear.

  • About her almost missing the seasonal window to summit Everest.

  • What is the hardest part of climbing Mt. Everest.

  • What her next projects are to increase access to mountaineering for all.

Cletus Coffey