Katie Sarah, an Australian mother-of-three children, is the first woman to ever climb the highest mountains and volcanoes on each continent. She accomplished her goal atop Mount Sidley in Antarctica on January 14.

This 49-year-old took less than a decade to climb all the peaks and just a year to scale the last five history-making volcanoes

“I’ve always had a fascination with volcanoes. I just think they are such stunning and raw parts of our planet,” she said upon returning this weekend.

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Her journey to become the first woman to achieve this commenced on December 29, 2008, when she climbed the first of the Seven Summits – 4,892m Mount Vinson.

Katie scaled the world’s highest peak at 8,343m on May 25, 2010 as her third conquest of the Seven Summits. Due to the altitude of the mountain, she found scaling Mt. Everest the toughest.

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Katie is of the view that all the mountains she climbed were special and all gave her a chance to travel to some of the world’s most remote and exciting places.

“I’ve always had a fascination with volcanoes. I just think they are such stunning and raw parts of our planet,” – Katie Sarah

Future plans

She plans to spend her 50th birthday on the world’s eight-highest peak, Mount Manaslu. By this, she is trying to keep her love for adventure alive.

Besides this, Katie hopes to conquer both the North and South Poles. If she successfully does this, it would give her the rare Explorer Grand Slam having already scaled the Seven Summits.

It is heartening to see mothers nearing their 50s saying yes to adventure and striving to achieve whatever they can.

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Picture credits: Daily Mail
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