Ashley Cox

Summiter
Dallas, Texas

ashley cox thumbnailHi! I’m Ashley. All of my life I have been a climber. My father taught me how to lead climb when I was old enough to belay, and since then climbing has been my entire life. He groomed me to be a technical rock climber and the sharp end rope gun on multi-pitch routes, but I soon set my sights higher than even the biggest walls in Yosemite Valley... I set out to conquer the highest peaks in the world.

I became obsessed with climbing Mt. Everest and completing the 7 Summits when I was only a kid (I think sneaking into the showing of Vertical Limit when I was just a scrawny 10 year old solidified this trajectory for me). The fear, the rush, the adrenaline, and of course the pressure of being the first female climber to lead an expedition on K2; I was absolutely hooked on this movie. I knew that someday I would join the ranks of these superhuman athletes, and I began setting out on climbing trips to get my body and mind ready for these mountains. Of course, life sometimes has a way of slowing you down, and unfortunately I tore both my knees in a climbing accident while training for that infamous El Capitan. It’s been 5 years and three knee surgeries later, but I am finally back on the mountain and training for those awe-inspiring peaks yet again.

To be honest I have never considered myself an athlete - by any means. I am immunocompromised, petrified of heights, I absolutely despise the cold, and I am honestly the worst runner I have ever met. But despite all that, I continuously find myself hundreds of miles from civilization on solo climbing trips. See for me, I was raised doing Survivorman trips with my dad, so normal car camping never had an appeal… but showing up to Everest region, alone, in winter, as a birthday present to myself, for some reason that was my style (and who can even distinguish between -10 and -25 degrees anyways?!)

I am so excited for this partnership with NOW® and for what this year has to offer. I can't wait to see you on the mountain!

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Accomplishments

ashley cox climbing rockCompleted mountaineering and/or solo climbing trips on 6/7 continents
Solo 130 km winter trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal (5600m)
Solo 75 km Skyline to Sea trail in California, USA
75 km Salkantay trail backpacking trek in Peru (4600m)
Free climbed the southwest face of half dome in a day- Snake Dike (5.7R)
Climbed the highest peak in the continental US in 19 hours - Mt. Whitney (14,505’)
Climbed the second highest peak in the continental US, third in the US- Mt. Elbert (14,440’)
Solo backpacking from Clouds Rest to Glacier Point in Yosemite Valley, CA
Solo climbed the second highest peak in Yosemite Valley- Mt. Dana (13,061’)
Climbed and camped on an active volcano in Guatemala

2021 Planned Expeditions:

Mt. Rainier (14,417’)
Mount St. Helens (8,365’)
Mt. Adams (12,280’)
Mt. Hood (11,250’)
Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341’)