Sharon Wood is a history maker in a mountain climb that has never been repeated. She shares her story to share how her team not only prevailed but thrived under what most would call impossible odds. It’s a testimonial to what everyone possesses in commitment, teamwork, and potential to achieve something extraordinary.
Sharon became the first North American Woman to climb Mount Everest in 1986. She had a small team make the ascent from the West Ridge without Sherpa support. It was the first time that it was done from the Tibetan side. Others have attempted it, but none have completed the route since.
A memoir of the climb, titled “Rising,” was published in 2019. Wood said it took her 30 years to craft the suspenseful adventure story because she also wanted it to also contain thoughts on passion, purpose, and introspection.
Her storytelling keeps audiences enthralled and she relates her experiences to obstacles anyone may face. Sharon remains an active ACMG certified Alpine guide with 40 years of experience. She has climbed some of the most difficult mountain ranges in the world.
Sharon’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada; the Professional Mountaineer of the Year Award from the American Alpine Club; an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary; and the Summit of Excellence Award at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.