Jane Lee is clearly unfazed by tough challenges; after all, she was the first woman from South-east Asia to scale the Seven Summits – the highest peaks in the world’s seven continents, which include Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro. The 32-year-old co-founder and co-team leader of the Singapore Women’s Everest Team tells Her World how she overcomes the odds to feel at her best.
WHEN DO YOU FEEL AT YOUR BEST?
“When I have the confidence to pursue my passions, such as mountaineering. This confidence comes from being well prepared and equipped, both physically and mentally, to face [whatever challenges the environment may throw at me].”
IS THERE A PARTICULAR STORY YOU COULD SHARE WITH US TO ILLUSTRATE THIS?
“I climbed Mount Everest in 2009. It was an expedition that took five long years of preparation, which included intense physical and technical skills training. I also prepared myself mentally by reading first-hand accounts of other climbers who had been up the peak in order to learn from their experiences. By the time I arrived at Mount Everest, I felt really confident – and almost like I was meeting an old friend that I had read and heard a lot about, and was finally going to meet.”
HOW DID YOU BECOME THE ULTIMATE VERSION OF YOURSELF?
“By being adventurous in following my passions and being diligent in protecting myself when I’m vulnerable. With mountaineering, I dream big but always have my feet rooted firmly in reality, with regards to the years of hard work and dedication it’d take to ensure that I’d be fully prepared [in terms of safety, so I can be successful in the sport].”
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