Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Tima Deryan - Conquering Mount Everest and Stereotypes as an Arab Woman

June 02, 2021 Mo Gawdat and Tima Deryan Episode 127
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Tima Deryan - Conquering Mount Everest and Stereotypes as an Arab Woman
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Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Tima Deryan - Conquering Mount Everest and Stereotypes as an Arab Woman
Jun 02, 2021 Episode 127
Mo Gawdat and Tima Deryan

Today’s guest is my friend Tima Deryan, who I met back in February and immediately knew I had to have on Slo Mo.

Tima became the first Lebanese woman and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest at 26 years old. On the 22nd of May, 2019 at 7:21 am, she stood gratefully and humbly at the peak of the highest mountain in the world after a two-month expedition during one of the deadliest seasons on Everest.

Before summiting Everest, Tima had climbed 18 of the world’s highest mountains including 6 of the 7 summits and became the first Arab woman to climb Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world. With her passion for exploring and redefining limits, mountaineering came as a second nature to her. Staying true to her wanderer spirit, she aims to continue leading an adventurous lifestyle and never stop climbing.

Once a finance professional working in a multinational firm, she’s now the founder of Mountain Gipsy and a professionally certified coach. She’s an advocate for children, youth, and women’s rights, and an activist for environmental issues who wants to see everyone follow their passion, develop their leadership skills, and carve their own path for a better future.

Listen as we discuss:

  • The amazing principle of acclimatization and why high altitude climbing is so dangerous.
  • Why would anyone climb such a dangerous mountain?
  • What happens if your team member is annoying on a multi-month expedition?
  • The incredible Sherpas of Nepal.
  • How Tima contracted COVID-19 in the midst of a climb at 5,000m and kept trying.
  • Discovering your passion and how it keeps you moving forward effortlessly.
  • The importance of spending time alone and learning.
  • What it’s like to be an Arab woman climbing mountains alongside men.
  • Women need to stand up for women.
  • Her 1 remaining of the 7 summits: the highest, coldest, and furthest in Antarctica.
  • The undiscovered and underfunded talent in the Middle East.

Instagram: @mo_gawdat
Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
Twitter: @mgawdat
LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

Connect with Tima Deryan on Instagram @mountaingipsy and Facebook @mountaingipsy
 
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Show Notes

Today’s guest is my friend Tima Deryan, who I met back in February and immediately knew I had to have on Slo Mo.

Tima became the first Lebanese woman and youngest Arab to summit Mount Everest at 26 years old. On the 22nd of May, 2019 at 7:21 am, she stood gratefully and humbly at the peak of the highest mountain in the world after a two-month expedition during one of the deadliest seasons on Everest.

Before summiting Everest, Tima had climbed 18 of the world’s highest mountains including 6 of the 7 summits and became the first Arab woman to climb Ojos del Salado, the highest active volcano in the world. With her passion for exploring and redefining limits, mountaineering came as a second nature to her. Staying true to her wanderer spirit, she aims to continue leading an adventurous lifestyle and never stop climbing.

Once a finance professional working in a multinational firm, she’s now the founder of Mountain Gipsy and a professionally certified coach. She’s an advocate for children, youth, and women’s rights, and an activist for environmental issues who wants to see everyone follow their passion, develop their leadership skills, and carve their own path for a better future.

Listen as we discuss:

  • The amazing principle of acclimatization and why high altitude climbing is so dangerous.
  • Why would anyone climb such a dangerous mountain?
  • What happens if your team member is annoying on a multi-month expedition?
  • The incredible Sherpas of Nepal.
  • How Tima contracted COVID-19 in the midst of a climb at 5,000m and kept trying.
  • Discovering your passion and how it keeps you moving forward effortlessly.
  • The importance of spending time alone and learning.
  • What it’s like to be an Arab woman climbing mountains alongside men.
  • Women need to stand up for women.
  • Her 1 remaining of the 7 summits: the highest, coldest, and furthest in Antarctica.
  • The undiscovered and underfunded talent in the Middle East.

Instagram: @mo_gawdat
Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
Twitter: @mgawdat
LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

Connect with Tima Deryan on Instagram @mountaingipsy and Facebook @mountaingipsy
 
Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy