A systems analyst by trade, Elsie Bezuidenhout has imagined herself on the summit of Everest since she was under a meter tall. Her mountain journey started with Kilimanjaro at the turn of the millennium. She then notched Aconcagua and Elbrus in 2005 and, just as there are seven days in a week, she thought it would be cool to join the Seven Summits queue – only Everest remains. She has also climbed Mt Ararat and Mt Damanvand. Cho Oyu – the 6th highest mountain at 8,201m – is her most recent summit success. Between summit adventures, Elsie is a regular competitor in adventure races as well as trail running and mountain bike events – especially multi-day stage races. She’s always fit and ready for that next summit opportunity.