Masha Gordon is a journalist turned Goldman Sachs expert turned female adventure seeker. She is now busy inspiring young girls to travel and take on risks, to become more confident. Masha is trying to achieve this by taking them on hiking trips to some of the most enduring climbs in the world. Her foundation, Grit and Rock (@gritandrock) helps with this and many other things.

According to her website, at 11 she failed PE and at 31 she couldn’t run 5km. Now she’s taking on one of the world’s toughest challenges.

In June 2016, the mother-of-two entered the world record books as the fastest woman in the world to complete the Explorers’ Grand Slam in just 7 months and 19 days (watch video at the end of this post for more). In the same month, she set a second world record and entered the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest female to climb the Seven Summits in 238 days.

She was speaking at the Adventure Travel Show in London on 22 January 2017 where she gave some amazing advice to the audience. I wasn’t able to talk to her but recorded some of her thoughts.

Masha Gordon’s Book Recommendation

Training For The New Alpinism: A Manual For The Climber As Athlete By Steve House And Scott Johnston. She says that this book is very good.

How to Train Before A Big Climb

masha gordonTrain for a marathon and do ski touring. The latter is apparently amazing and is very beneficial. “If you can get on the skis and go to the Alps, you can do it easily,” she said. “This is how I train.”

Masha also does a lot of steep climbing in the Alps, climbing nearly vertical ascents. “Climbing on 60-70 degree snow definitely prepares you for high altitude climbing where you need the ability of foot work,” Masha said.

“What I would also definitely suggest is doing an alpinism course by Plas Y Brenin or another by the Jonathan Conville Trust – you can do these in Wales or Scotland.”

She says training in Scotland is fantastic, adding that climbing doesn’t have to be expensive. “This is one of the greatest myths that exist in mountaineering circles.”

“You can go and train in UCPA camps in France for a week for €400 or teach yourself how to be independent in the mountains within reason.”

How To Do It With The Family

“You train together with the family and get the kids involved – they will love it! My kids love to go and enjoy the adventures of mom and dad getting them out.”