In May 2013 Lee den Hond , a business woman, athlete and adventurer, became the third South African woman to summit Mount Everest.
A novice climber, the only woman in a group of 26 men and battling temperatures as low as minus 30. It was only Lee’s strong-minded determination to reach the summit that allowed her to reach her goal
She talks about the challenges and preparing to reach the pinnacle of the world’s tallest mountain and of the daily hardships she had to overcome on Everest to reach her goal
An adventurist at heart, Lee den Hond has taken on many epic journeys of her own to change the journey of hundreds of others.
The endurance athlete has never shied away from a challenge. Some of her greatest quests include Ironman triathlons, Comrades Marathons, Two Oceans Marathons and many more of South Africa’s toughest races.
When den Hond decided to climb Mount Everest she was motivated to reach the top of the world’s highest peak not only by her own grit and determination, but by her vision to build a children’s centre.
The climber went on to not only became the third South African woman to summit Everest, but is today the founder of the Field of Dreams Children’s Centre.
“Initially I planned to hike to Base Camp, then I thought “why just Base Camp, why not the top”’.
None of the South African guiding companies were offering trips to Everest in 2013, so den Hond contacted Canadian expedition company, Peak Freaks – known not just for their 100% safety record, but also for their willingness to allow climbing novices to have a bash.
Lee’s tenacity was at times stretched to the limits. However with effective teamwork, the vision of a strong leader and her own eternal optimism, Lee successfully summited Everest.
Share her trials and tribulations as she takes you on her extreme journey, sharing with you the lessons she learned along the way.
Her motivation to raise money for the construction of a child-care facility to assist child headed households in the Schaumburg community near Hartebespoort.
Lee den Hond is without question one of the most inspiring and energetic individuals you’re ever likely to meet. The wisdom she acquired on Mount Everest is life changing