Kit DesLauriers

Kit DesLauriers

Consider this your reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11th. As well as your inspiration to get out and do something if you’re a mom (or a dad)-every woman on this list is a mother to one, two, three, or four children, and they’ve made time to do a few noteworthy things, such as climb 5.14b rock routes, ski off the summit of Everest, and win 300-mile ultramarathons.

In no particular order, they are…

1. Hilaree O’Neill, skier
3897-undefined Hilaree O’Neill had a pretty stacked resume by the time she became a mom of two kids. Then she had children, and then she became the only woman (and of course, mother) to ever summit two 8,000-meter peaks in one day-Everest and neighboring Lhotse, in 2012.


2. Ines Papert, climber
Inges_papert01After giving birth to her son, Manu, in 2000, Ines Papert went on a tear: She won 21 World Cup ice climbing events from 2000 to 2006, including the 2005 Ouray Ice Festival comp, when she beat all the other competitors, male and female. Since transitioning out of the competition scene, she’s climbed hard rock, ice, and mixed routes all over the world.

3. Caroline George, guide, climber, skier
caroline george Caroline George has put up first ascents globally, has climbed the North Face of the Eiger in winter, and is one of only a handful of American women certified as an IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide. She guided in the Alps until she was 4.5 months pregnant, and began ski touring again 10 days after her daughter, Olivia, was born.

4. Jacinda Hunter, climber
hunter-jacinda-278-1 Salt Lake City-based Jacinda Hunter is a nurse and has four children who can tell their friends “My mom puts up 5.14b first ascents and sends V11 boulder problems.”

5. Kasie Enman, ultrarunner
kasie enman Vermont-based Kasie Enman spent the 2010 mountain running season on maternity leave, then came back to compete in 2011 and won both the U.S. Mountain Running Championships and the World Mountain Running Championships.

6. Diane Van Deren, ultrarunner
diane van deren Diane Van Deren originally took up running to help prevent her epileptic seizures. Then she had a lobectomy in 1997, which interfered with her ability to judge the passing of time, which has made her an amazing ultrarunner. She won the overall Yukon Arctic Ultra 300 in 2009 and the women’s divisions in the Canadian Death Race in 2008 and the Yukon Arctic Ultra 430-Mile in 2009.

7. Kit DesLauriers, skier
3891-undefined In 2006, Kit DesLauriers became the first person to ski from all Seven Summits, as well as the first woman to ski from the top of Everest. In 2013, she became the first woman to climb and ski the Grand Teton solo-and the first person to squeeze the climb and descent into a 24-hour period between the time she coached her kids’ soccer team on a Wednesday afternoon and picked the kids up from school on a Thursday afternoon.

8. Jennilyn Eaton, ultrarunner
jennilyn eaton Doing Canyonlands National Park’s 100-mile White Rim Trail in a day has become a testpiece for mountain bikers. In 2013, Jennilyn Eaton, mom of two, ran it in 21 hours, 52 minutes, setting the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for a woman. She also holds the women’s FKT for the Utah Triple Crown, a run summiting Utah’s three tallest peaks: 8:46:30.


Photos (from top): The North Face (2), Wikimedia Commons, Scarpa, Sportiva, Kasey Enman, The North Face (2), Jennilyn Eaton.

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Brendan Leonard is a contributing editor to Adventure Journal. Follow him at his blog, Semi-Rad.

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