Hi & welcome to my website.  My mission is to summit Everest, and so far as the story’s unfolded it’s involved some incredible people, places and experiences.  Peering into the future I have even more challenges I can’t wait to try out, & I hope you’ll join me in following my adventures.  My aim is to show the world that even a young woman who has suffered several setbacks is capable of achieving the extraordinary.  I do this in honour of my autistic sister Martha and in honour & memory of my cousin Jonny who died of cancer in 2013.  It is my firm belief that no life should be wasted & we should all practise seeing the extraordinary within the ordinary, everyday.


“Here’s a young woman who has shown a huge amount of guts in her struggle against adversity and is now starting on a huge challenge to raise funds for the National Autistic Society and Himalayan Trust UK.  She deserves your support.”

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For readers who would like to know something about me:

I’m now 28 and live near Penrith, Cumbria with my super family.  I have a teenaged sister named Martha who is autistic.  Martha is not in mainstream education, requires full-time care & is unlikely ever to be able to live independently.  Ensuring people like my sister are still able to be valued members of society is something for which I will always strive.  My parents are strong resilient people, but mum juggles a full-time career as head teacher of a small village school with the demands of daily life, whilst dad has limited freedom.  Families like mine need support & understanding.  I recognise this, and raising awareness is one of my driving forces.

I grew up & went to school in the Lake District.  I performed well academically but had to cope with bullying & other adversity, so I  never had the confidence to participate much in sports.  Despite this, I’ve always taken my problems to nature, & felt most alive when I’m exposed to its forces.  Early inspirations were my great aunt and uncle, who live in the Yorkshire Dales & know the Wainwrights like the backs of their hands.  I also saw an exhibition of some of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine’s possessions at Rheged Discovery Centre, which captured my imagination.

After leaving my school in Penrith I went to Oxford University, where I studied English.  Whilst there I experienced more problems with self-image, but I just about managed to cope with the work & was proud to achieve a 2:1.

I then completed a postgraduate degree in History from a distance, commuting weekly between Cumbria & Reading as I couldn’t afford the accommodation fees.  Whilst doing this I applied for more than 1000 jobs and received only a handful of interviews.  The negative impact of this on my self-esteem has been huge, and made me decide to stop allowing others to decide what I am worth.  Only I should be able to do that.  I spent 2 years volunteering to care for a beautiful garden in the Eden Valley.  Anything and everything outdoors is my passion.  I also discovered the joys of endurance racing and have competed several times in the gruelling Helvellyn triathlon.  During the time when I was volunteering & trying to find a place where I fit, my cousin Jonny, who was 1 year 20 days my senior & also a beloved friend, became ill with malignant melanoma and died just 3 months after his diagnosis.  I realised I only have one fragile life & that failing to make the most of what I have been given would be an unforgiveable waste.

So I turned my back on the corporate world.  Fascinated with making things grow after a year of death & loss, I re-trained as a gardener.  Since then I’ve seen and done so much, and I love that I’m still on this journey.  I’ve come to see the value not only in summiting a mountain myself, but in helping others achieve through adventure,  so I’ve recently embarked on a career as an outdoors instructor. It’s a joy to me that I can be active and surrounded by nature everyday.

At Jonny’s funeral I acknowledged to myself a dream I’d always had, and promised myself that I would someday stand on top of the world.  This journey will be the axle of my life.  It’s what I have always wanted, and in my heart, and because of my physical achievements and ability to cope with adversity so far, I know I am capable.  You can read about my endurance challenges to date below.

*April 2015: The Lakes 3000s Ascent of the Lake District 3000ers, that is, all the hills that exceed 3000 feet in height, including 55 miles’ cycling between them, over Hardknott & Wrynose Pass. 17 hours.

*May 2015: The Fred Whitton cycle sportive  9 hours 27 minutes.

*October 2015: The National 3 Peaks with a twist Snowdon, Scafell Pike & Ben Nevis linked by 500 miles’ cycling, solo & unsupported in under 100 hours.

*February 2016: Winter ascent of Aneto (3404m) in the Catalonian Pyrenees.  The group got to around 3200m and were looking strong, but 100mph winds forced them to turn back.

*June 2016: “Everesting” cycle challenge.  Continuously cycling the equivalent vertical height gain to Mt Everest (8848m) in a day.  Kate did this by completing ‘reps’ of Great Dun Fell in the Cumbrian Pennines, which has a road leading right to its summit and entails 5 miles of climbing, with a maximum gradient of 23%.  14 reps of GDF made up an ‘Everest’.  Kate was supported in this challenge by a visit from Alan Hinkes OBE, the only British mountaineer to have summited all the world’s fourteen 8000m peaks.

*October 2016: Expedition to the Mont Blanc region.  Including climbing classic alpine ledges on the Italian face of Mont Blanc, and a summit attempt on Gran Paradiso.




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