Adventure World Magazine has posted a great interview with mountaineer Lei Wang, who was also recently the subject of an interview by Alan Arnette. Lei is the Chinese born climber who is preparing to leave for the Himalaya, where she’ll be making an attempt on Everest, the last obstacle in the way of her completion of the Seven Summits.
In the interview, Lei tells us about what led her to begin climbing and pursuing a life of adventure. She mentions seeing Touching the Void and Women of K2, both of which served as inspirations to her. She also talks about the adventurer she most admires (Shackleton!) and the most dangerous moments on her expeditions thus far, which includes complete whiteout conditions on Elbrus and being sick on summit day on Vinson. But that’s just the beginning. Lei also shares what her typical day is like as she prepares for her expeditions, gives us some insights into her training, and offers advice to other would-be adventurers.
Lei will leave for Kathmandu on the 20th of the Month, and begin the trek to Everest Base Camp soon there after. She’ll be climbing on the South Side of the mountain, and expresses concerns with negotiating the dangerous Khumbu Icefall. She tells Adventure World that she hopes to be on the summit approximately two months after her arrival in Nepal, on May 20th, but of course, that date is very fluid at this point.
Good luck to Lei on her Everest adventure. We’ll be following along.