Jane and Gabby Kanizay - Conquering Everest, Together

Mothers and Daughters Podcast

04-07-2022 • 1 hr 15 mins

At 19, Gabby Kanizay, became the youngest Australian to summit Mt Everest. Twenty-four hours later she become the youngest woman in the world to complete the Everest-Lhotse (8514m) double; the world's fourth-highest mountain, and her climbing partner? Her mum, Jane. As if that wasn't enough, Gabby also holds the record as the youngest woman in the world, at 16 years old, to climb the sixth highest peak, Cho Oyu, Tibet. Her passion for mountaineering began as a 15-year-old with her first trip to Nepal; a trek to Everest Base Camp with her Mum, Jane. Gabby has also enjoyed running and triathlons at home. She recently finished Year 12 VCE and is now travelling in Europe for a Gap Year. Her next plans are to climb the remaining eleven peaks (above 8000m), as she now has three under her belt.

From a young age, Jane, 52, has always been into extreme sports skydiving, motorbike riding, trapeze, ultra-running and scuba diving, she now has a newfound love of mountaineering. She's extremely dedicated to her training regime for these climbs, while also being a mum of 4, to Sam, Gabby, Joe and Anna, and working as an educator and artist. She completed two 8000m summits alongside Gabby, Everest and Cho Oyu and enjoyed a well-earned sleep-in whilst Gabby headed up Lhotse! Jane is now rediscovering life as a single mum and climbed with the message of @teachusconsent; the holistic consent education campaign begun by Chanel Contos in 2020.

Despite having altitude sickness, Jane still has the climbing bug, and might just join Gabby for another peak, as long as it's under 8000m. We hope you enjoy this chat with this incredible mother and daughter.

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