Katie Sarah is the first woman in the world to complete 'Seven-Seven'. Katies Sarah is just the eighth international member of the elite club and the first woman to successfully complete seven summit climbs of each of the highest peaks on each continent.
She is the owner and manager of Sarah Mountain Journeys PTY LTD and has a Bachelor in Finance, a masters in Accounting and is a Graduate of the AICD. Katie is also a Board Member of a not for profit organisation Holiday Explorers and is a regular volunteer and supporter of the Leukaemia Foundation
Katie's first climbing experience at altitude was a successful summit of a 6542m peak in Bolivia in 2006. Katie was the first Australian woman to summit Mt Himlung, Nepal (7126m) in 2009, and participated in an expedition that pioneered a new route on Mt Vinson in Antarctica in 2008.
In 2010, Katie summited Mt Everest, the world's highest peak at 8848m, becoming the first South Australian (and sixth Australian) woman to do so. As of June 2013, she was one of the few Australian women to have completed the 7 Summits - the highest peak on each of the seven continents.
As of January 2018, she is the only woman in the world - one of approximately 9 people - to have completed both the 7 Summits and the 7 Volcanic Summits. Having successfully skied the Last Degree to the South Pole, with a similar expedition to the North Pole to be undertaken in April 2019, she will add the Explorers' Grand to these achievements, becoming not only the first woman in the world to complete the Explorers' Grand Slam plus 7 Volcanic Summits, but one of only approximately 4 people in the world to have ever successfully completed this goal.
Katie is married with three adult sons. She counts herself fortunate enough to be able to combine work with a passion for the outdoors, spending as much time as can be spared from home and family pursuing outdoor hobbies such as rock climbing, mountaineering and training for Ironman triathlons as well as maintaining an active interest in several not for profit organisation. This includes active volunteer work for the Leukaemia Foundation, as well as association with Catherine House, SAHMRI and Sight For All.