Undeterred by MS, Lori Schneider Scales Mount Everest!



Lori Schneider approaches base camp on Mount Everest before reaching the summit

On May 23, 2009, fifty-two-year-old Lori Schneider became the first person in the world with multiple sclerosis to summit Mount Everest. Lori is also the first person with MS to complete the “Seven Summits” by scaling the highest peak on each continent.

Badly shaken by an MS diagnosis at forty-three, Lori left her old life in Steamboat Springs, Colorado behind, convinced she would soon be confined to a wheelchair. Determined to make the most of every healthy day she had left, she relocated to the small town of Bayfield, Wisconsin, where she conquered her fears and gained confidence in her body by running marathons and climbing mountains, an avocation she had begun six years earlier by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro with her father. Click herefor a breakdown of Lori’s inspirational exploits on her website, Empowerment Through Adventure.

I wrote in an earlier post that I personally have no interest in pursuing death-defying adventures but that I respect and admire those who do challenge the limits of their physical endurance and emerge triumphant. It was a privilege and a pleasure to interview Lori and learn more about her remarkable attitude and excellent adventures!

Click here to watch my follow-up video interview with Lori.

Click here to read about Lori’s inspiring Leap of Faith expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in July 2011 with thirteen other women and men with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease.


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Lori on the summit of Mount Everest displaying the World MS Day flag



Lori (in green hood) crossing a crevasse on Everest


Lori climbing a wall of ice on Everest


Lori preparing for a night's sleep on Everest with the 8-lb. oxygen tank that she used 24 hours a day


Lori poses with the summit of Mount Everest as a backdrop


Lori and her father Neal on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 1993


Lori in a more hospitable climate

Lori’s story is told in great detail in The Promise of Hope, a book by Guideposts‘ Editor-in-Chief Edward Grinnan. I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Click here to order it for yourself.

Click here to view all my posts about Lori Schneider.

Click here to see all the video and audio interviews I’ve conducted.


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6 Responses to “Undeterred by MS, Lori Schneider Scales Mount Everest!”

  1. becky Says:

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    You’re welcome, Becky! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. GypsyOwl Says:

    Thank you Phil! Your Triumph of the Spirit stories always make my day, Deb

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Glad to hear it, Deb. Thanks!

  5. Rachel Says:

    She’s so amazing and beautiful. What can’t we accomplish? Hopefully this inspires CalTech to send less rickety, embarrassing things to space so the aliens can stop laughing at us. We can do it!

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I agree that Lori is amazing, Rachel, but you lost me with the aliens!

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