About Cathy O'Dowd

Climber, author and motivational speaker. 1st woman in the world to climb Everest from both sides. Founder of The Business of Adventure. Lover of all things mountain! Follow my adventures on Twitter/Instagram @CathyODowd.

Kayak Greenland 2020

2020-05-24T17:17:08+02:00

In August of 2020 I will be joining five other paddlers for a 10 day expedition, setting set off from the tiny Inuit village of Kulusuk. It is home [...]

Kayak Greenland 20202020-05-24T17:17:08+02:00

‘What are you doing next?’

2020-05-23T20:36:46+02:00

“What are you doing next?” I hate that question. I know why you ask. I’ve asked it myself, talking to climbers or adventurers I admire, and winced inwardly as I [...]

‘What are you doing next?’2020-05-23T20:36:46+02:00

Not all adventurers are born equal

2020-04-30T20:07:13+02:00

There is a fashion right now for blog posts telling you that your dream/adventure/expedition is totally possible. Just Do It! Throw your fears to the wind! Believe in yourself! Stop [...]

Not all adventurers are born equal2020-04-30T20:07:13+02:00

30 years & counting

2020-04-27T21:15:44+02:00

We had reached the short section of fixed rope below the Lower Saddle in the Grand Tetons when the youngster caught up with us. He had a huge rucksack and [...]

30 years & counting2020-04-27T21:15:44+02:00

From Kilimanjaro to Everest

2020-05-23T16:35:19+02:00

Key moments in the journey of life. Looking back at the course of a lifetime, there are certain moments where, if you’d made a different choice, you’d be living [...]

From Kilimanjaro to Everest2020-05-23T16:35:19+02:00

The Art and Joy of Serendipity

2020-05-18T18:09:50+02:00

Why the power of serendipity means you should focus on gaining skills and experiences, rather than achieving goals. Mountain climbing would seem to be the ultimate goal-driven activity, everything resting on [...]

The Art and Joy of Serendipity2020-05-18T18:09:50+02:00

What is holding you back?

2020-04-30T23:55:46+02:00

When to stop focusing forward and instead look at what is holding you back. With snow still sadly sparse in the Pyrenees, I found myself out rock climbing with friends on [...]

What is holding you back?2020-04-30T23:55:46+02:00

Risks too big to comprehend

2020-04-28T13:26:16+02:00

“No climber ever expects to be in this position. When I was planning Lhotse, the word “earthquake” never entered my mind.” From Alan Arnette’s blog. [...]

Risks too big to comprehend2020-04-28T13:26:16+02:00

Why to make it up as you go along

2020-05-19T16:12:09+02:00

The difference between ‘fluid decision-making’ and ‘making it up as you go along’ can be hard to detect. I’ve just returned home after a nine-day ski-tour in the Ecrins, a [...]

Why to make it up as you go along2020-05-19T16:12:09+02:00

The art of serendipity and skiing

2020-05-19T16:12:26+02:00

While I am very much a believer in planning and preparation, the fact remains that the adventures I enjoy most are often the ones that unfold spontaneously. I've just returned [...]

The art of serendipity and skiing2020-05-19T16:12:26+02:00

Bolivian Andes Corderilla Real

2020-05-17T16:40:46+02:00

In June 1991 I joined the Mountain Club of South Africa's Centenary Expedition to the Corderilla Real in Bolivia. There I climbed with Stephen Kelsey and Graham Wittaker, both [...]

Bolivian Andes Corderilla Real2020-05-17T16:40:46+02:00

En route to Everest via Aconcagua

2020-05-17T15:54:06+02:00

In February 1998 I attempted Aconcagua by the standard route but turned back at Berlin camp to help less experienced team members descend in bad weather. In January 2000 [...]

En route to Everest via Aconcagua2020-05-17T15:54:06+02:00

The Attraction of Climbing

2020-05-01T00:03:18+02:00

This article describes an ascent of the Angus-Leppan route on the Sentinel, one of the classic multi-pitch rock climbs in the Drakensberg. It was first published in Southern Rock #2 [...]

The Attraction of Climbing2020-05-01T00:03:18+02:00

The Great Storm of 1996

2020-05-23T16:36:49+02:00

The most famous storm in the history of Everest. Four teams sitting on the South Col, wondering whether to go for the summit in the morning, despite the marginal weather. [...]

The Great Storm of 19962020-05-23T16:36:49+02:00

Why take the risk?

2020-04-28T10:07:20+02:00

In January of 1992 I was sharing a flat in London with Stephen Kelsey, Graham Wittaker and his girlfriend Carolyn. On the wall of our room I found a [...]

Why take the risk?2020-04-28T10:07:20+02:00

My first time to the top of the world

2020-05-23T16:37:16+02:00

Wits University in Johannesburg was where I did my undergraduate degree and their Mountain Club was where I began climbing. This article  was written for the Wits Mountain Club [...]

My first time to the top of the world2020-05-23T16:37:16+02:00