BE PART OF THE ADVENTURE BY SUPPORTING ORIANNE AYMARD FIRST FRENCH WOMAN TO ACHIEVE THE EXPLORERS GRAND SLAM I.E.: climbing the ‘SevenSummits’ (highest peak of each of continent) and reaching the North & South Poles on skis.
NEXT CLIMB TO EVEREST THIS SPRING! By supporting Orianne, you are also contributing to the actions of the DAREWOMEN association for women with disabilities. Part of the donations will be used to finance workshops to help them re- build confidence.
DareWomen supports the audacious project of Orianne. Overcoming the fallout of a serious stroke, Orianne, in 2019, fulfilled her dream of climbing Lhotse (8.516 m), the 4th highest mountain in the world. Fueled by the success of her Himalayan ascent, she embarked on her new challenge, “The Explorers Grand Slam”: climbing the Seven Summits and reaching the North & South Poles on skis. Her objective is to inspire, especially women, to surpass themselves, be bold, and dare to go higher! Very few women in the world have achieved this challenge. In view of her commitment and her tenacity, DareWomen decided to support her project. The project began in January 2022 with the ascent of Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas (6,962m), located in Argentina, and continues with the ascent of Everest (8,848m), during the spring 2023. An experienced diplomat, humanitarian delegate, researcher, university teacher, consultant, writer, public speaker and coach… Orianne Aymard (Ph.D.) had many lives. After suffering a cerebral hemorrhage at the foot of the Himalayas, near the tomb of one of the greatest spiritual figures of India, Ma Anandamayi, the “Mother of Joy”, Orianne thwarted the medical prognosis that condemned her to giving up high altitude and decided to pursue her dream by climbing Lhotse (8.516 m) in 2019.
Her expansive career has taken her to many parts of the world, including missions to Africa and Haiti with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Orianne also worked at the French Ministry of Europe and of Foreign Affairs, especially on religious issues and radicalization. Orianne holds a Doctorate (Ph.D. in Religious Studies) from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and also studied social sciences (MSc from the London School of Economics) and environmental sciences (master’s from the University of Western Brittany). She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Columbia and is the author of When a Goddess Dies (Oxford University Press, New York, 2014). Based in Chamonix, Orianne gives lectures on her ascent of Lhotse to various audiences. Her second book Sous l’oeil de la Déesse (Under the Eye of the Goddess) - Éditions Mont-Blanc, a story of sheer resilience as she relates her perilous ascent of Lhotse, has just been published (February 2022). Orianne is also a volunteer coach at DareWomen to support handicapped women.
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