En Route to Mount Everest

In the year I’ve spent serving as Editor of Wharton Magazine, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some truly amazing people.

I’ve interviewed CEOs and CFOs, senators and entrepreneurs, world-renowned researchers and, of course, more than a few remarkable Wharton students. But I’m not sure I’ve ever interviewed anyone more inspiring than Lei Wang, WG’03.

Never heard of her? Well, that’s a shame, because Wang, a 5-foot-2, 110-pound China native, is about to pull off one of the most incredible achievements in mountaineering history.

Wang leaves next month for Mount Everest, where she will spend the next two months preparing for a run at the summit sometime in late May. If Wang makes it to the top—which, given Everest’s nasty reputation, is no sure thing—she will become just the tenth person, and just the second woman, to have ever climbed each of the so-called Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents) and hiked to both the North and South poles.

We will be profiling Wang in our spring issue, but with her Everest trek coming up, I thought it appropriate to share her website with you, her fellow Wharton alums. The site offers regular updates on Wang’s journey, and you can also make a donation to help her complete this remarkable achievement.

We’ll be following Wang’s progress here on our blog throughout the spring, so check back here often. And again, be sure to check out our feature about Wang in our spring issue, which should be arriving in your mailbox sometime in late April.

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