Greatest Hits: Everest Excellence With Ellen Miller

Inspiring Female Adventurer Series

We’re pulling past episodes from the archives to highlight Women’s History Month! This episode was originally published in January 2016.

What is your most outlandish travel dream?

Ellen Miller has a list of incredible athletic achievements. She’s the first American woman to summit Everest from both sides (north and south), the first American woman to climb the Himalayan Triple Crown, has summited every 14,000+ foot mountain peak in Colorado (there are 53 of them!), and was named Colorado Woman of the Year in 2002. On top of that, Ellen is an accomplished endurance athlete coach, adventure racer, Nordic skier, mountain runner, and the founder of Climb for Literacy.

Ellen and I talk about her experience climbing Mt. Everest and what it really takes to conquer the biggest mountain in the world. Ellen shares insight into how to balance risk in extreme situations, advice on travel and athletics, and answers the question: Are endurance athletes born, or can they be made?

What would you do if you could go anywhere and do anything? I’d love to hear your thoughts and hope you’ll share them by sending me an audio message.


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Tune In To Learn:

  • The most important thing about a travel dream
  • Why being told “go outside and play” can help with adventure
  • How to leverage your accomplishments to provide amazing experiences for others
  • How she kept climbing after a hip replacement
  • What it really takes to make climbing Everest an enjoyable experience
  • How to mentally prepare for the reality of climbing Everest
  • Advice to get started on your quest
  • Why you should thank your mother for her genetic gifts (if you perform well at high altitudes)
  • How to change the neural pathways of your brain
  • Top recommendations for staying fit while traveling
  • And so much more


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