88: Cathy O’Dowd: The First Lady To Climb Everest By Both Sides Joins Up Dots

Welcome to the Steve Jobs based Join Up Dots Podcast Interview with Cathy O’Dowd. 

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Cathy-Odowd-Todays guest, joining us On the Join Up Dots podcast interview, is Cathy O’Dowd a lady who could literally be singing “I’m on the top of the world, looking down at the creation” every-time she jumps out of bed.

Because since University, she has had a fascination for climbing, and took part in her first mountain expedition, to the Ruwenzori in central Africa at the age of 21.

And something clicked in her.

Was it the challenge?

The camaraderie?

Or simply the thrill of doing something that so few people have seen or done before?

Whatever it was since that first climb Cathy O’Dowd has tackled mountains across southern and central Africa, in South America, in the Alps and of course in the Himalayas when she stood on the top of the world and made history by becoming the first woman to reach the summit from the North and South peaks.

But though her days on the worlds highest peak now seem to be at an end (in her words “I have not intention in going back” )her thirst for adventure seems unquenchable  and in spring of 2004 she joined British woman Rona Cant and Norwegian Per-Thore-Hansen on a dog-sled expedition of 650 km through the remote wastes of the Norwegian Arctic to the most northerly point in Europe.

With all these experiences just bursting from her, its no surprise that Cathy O’Dowd has also climbed twice to the top of the book charts too, with her two self penned books  Everest; Free To Decide and Just for the love of it “

Well let’s bring onto the show to start joining up dots, as we discuss the words of Steve Jobs with the one and only Cathy O’Dowd

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics such as:

How she believes that we shouldn’t focus on the goals in our lives, but focus on our values instead!

How she wasn’t a naturally adventurous child and couldn’t have dreamt the life she would go onto lead!

How she knew that there was no way that she could ever work a conventional 9-5 job!

How conquering Everest was not about the quest, but was more about the process!

The life and death decision making that you have to make sometimes on the worlds highest point!

And lastly……

How she has become a trivia question on the South African version of Trivial Pursuit…..quite a claim to fame!

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