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Women Tackle the Monsterous Mount Everest

Five American women, ranging in age from 34 to 58, are now starting the most physically demanding challenge of their lives — a climb up the south side of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

This team, the first U.S. all-woman group attempting to climb Everest, has over 100 years of combined climbing experience and has reached six of the world’s seven highest summits. With help in the form of a sponsorship from Ford Division, the one mountain missing from their list, Everest, is now within their grasp.

Team members include Lynn Prebble, 49, a physical therapist from Colorado; Jody Thompson, 38, a nurse from Colorado; Kim Clark, 34, a third year nursing student at the University of Colorado; Alison Levine, 35, an investment banker for Goldman Sacks; and Midge Cross, 58.

"Team No Boundaries," clockwise from top-left, are: Levine, Prebble, Clark, Thompson and Cross.

Team No Boundaries members have faced challenges including breast cancer and heart surgery, and climbing plays a special role in each of their lives. Once the team realized they would attempt to climb the world’s highest mountain, they each stepped up their already strenuous workout routines. In addition, unlike most teams attempting to climb Mount Everest, Team No Boundaries had an opportunity to train together prior to departure.

Ford Division's sponsorship of the team, named "Team No Boundaries — Everest Expedition” coincides with the launch of the all-new new 2003 Expedition and is an attempt to further Ford's “No Boundaries” branding.

“The climb exemplifies what No Boundaries is all about – Ford’s endless drive to turn no into yes, inspiring all of us to move beyond what we thought possible,” said Jim O’Connor, Ford Division president. “It’s that mind-set that makes breakthrough products like the all-new 2003 Expedition possible, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate its introduction.”

Team No Boundaries at the
NY Auto Show with the Ford Expedition Everest.

Ford is providing the team with the funding and resources needed to make the trip a success. In addition, the climbing team served as inspiration for Expedition Everest — a specially painted and accessorized model that could fit in on nearly any mountaintop.

Team No Boundaries departed New York City for Nepal in late March and arrived at base camp as of April 11, according to everestnews.com. The team expects to return to the United States in late May or early June, after they reach the mountain’s peak above Nepal and Tibet at 29,029 feet.

Expect an update from us this summer!