Jenn Drummond is a Mom of 7, a successful business owner, and a World Record holder. As the first woman to climb the second highest summits on each of the 7 continents, she now spends her time inspiring others to create a thriving business and lasting legacy of their own.
Jenn Drummond achieved business success as the founder and CEO of a thriving financial services company. Her move to Park City, Utah, with her kids fed her family’s passion for everything outdoors, from hiking and biking to skiing and mountain climbing.
But on a snowy evening in 2018, Jenn’s life was knocked off its tracks. She was in a horrific car accident that brought her inches from death. In the aftermath of that brush with death, it became crystal clear to Jenn that while she can’t control when she dies, she can control how she lives.
She now spends her time inspiring others to live a life of significance. Her book “BreakProof: 7 Strategies to Build Resilience and Achieve Your Life Goals,” shares her story and strategies for success.
Listen in for some great takeaways about how becoming crystal clear about what you want in life can help you refocus, find success, achieve joy, and be breakproof.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learning who Jenn Drummond is [3:12]
- Seven Children, Seven Continents, Seven Summits [5:37]
- What “second-highest summit” means [11:56]
- The location(s) that touched Jenn the most [12:54]
- How the expeditions worked during Covid [15:26]
- Why Jenn wrote her book, “Breakproof” [16:23]
- How scaling new heights took Jenn to new heights [18:03]
- How Jenn determined when to end a climb attempt [19:15]
- Why Jenn’s kids gave her red and white gummy bears [22:38]
- Asking Jenn, “What is your Everest?” [24:23]
- What Jenn did today that put her in the mindset for success [28:56]
Seven Children, Seven Continents, Seven Summits
Jenn started an investment firm and built it so she could hire herself out of a job and be a stay-at-home mom. When the kids got to school full-time, she had time to begin to pursue other passions. In 2018, she was in a horrific car crash where she lived. She realized she couldn’t choose how she died but she could choose how she lived. She stopped putting her life on hold.
She made a bucket list of everything she wanted to see, do, and experience. Climbing a mountain was on that list. So she decided to climb Ama Dablam—a mountain in Nepal—for her 40th birthday. She decided to climb Ama Dablam—a mountain in Nepal—with some of her mountaineering friends. She had to learn to become an uphill athlete.
Inspired to break a Guinness World Record, she and her coach decided she would climb the seven second-highest summits on seven continents. Jenn worked with teams in the country she was climbing whenever possible. She trained with guides to be technically prepared. At the end of 2020, she climbed Ojos Del Salado in Chile. She finished climbing her last summit—Mount Logan—on June 1st, 2023.
How Jenn determined when to end a climb attempt
When Jenn climbed, they had to consider the environment, the weather, and the margin of error for a safe climb. Jenn promised her children she’d come home. It was important to her to keep her fingers and toes. When the odds were against those things, or it wasn’t safe to continue, it was time to turn around.
On her first expedition, she lost a fellow climber in an avalanche. She made sure to place people over peaks and decided to return later to complete the climb. She firmly believes that who you are is more important than what you achieve.
When she was on Mount Logan, it was 65 below zero (Fahrenheit), not including the wind chill. You couldn’t expose any skin. They had to build a tent and then build ice walls around the tent to protect it from the wind. But when storms come in, if you rip the tent, you’re dead. Secondly, no helicopter will make a rescue attempt in a storm.
When they started the climb, they were expecting a storm that would last two weeks. Jenn decided she could wait and come back. The second time she went back, the weather was beautiful. Ultimately, she achieved her goals and climbed all seven summits.
What is your Everest?
Jenn struggled to leave to climb Everest because it meant being away from her kids for three weeks. She went to their school and talked to their teachers and asked them to give the kids some grace while she was away. But the school asked her to run a “What’s your Everest?” campaign with them.
The school gave Jenn a tracking device. They built a model of Mount Everest and the school moved a little hiker in tandem with her climb. She would do Zoom calls with the classrooms when the base camp was set up. When she climbed the mountain, the whole school was with her. Their support allowed her to take a fear that was limiting her and make it the best experience.
Jenn’s adventures proved that she was capable. She’d never slept in a tent. She didn’t have a history of camping, hiking, and exploring. She was willing to be a beginner and learn. She emphasizes that our heads limit us when we’re capable of much more. It’s taught her to question if something was true, or driven by her discomfort or fear. Whatever your Everest is, it’s your job to flip the script on the story and allow it to empower you instead of limit you.
Resources & People Mentioned
- BreakProof: 7 Strategies to Build Resilience and Achieve Your Life Goals
- The “Seek Your Summit” podcast
Connect with Jenn Drummond
Jenn Drummond is a Mom of 7, successful business owner and World Record holder. As the first woman to climb the second highest summits on each of the 7 continents, she now spends her time inspiring others to create a thriving business and lasting legacy of their own. She shares her story and strategies for success through her book, BreakProof: 7 Strategies to BuildResilience and Achieve Your Life Goals, and her Seek Your Summit podcast, programs, and signature talks. Learn more about how she elevates devoted and determined entrepreneurs to go beyond a life of success to a life of significance.
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