Dare to Dream 2008, is an expedition to Annapurna - the world's 10th highest mountain and a Himalayan peak rich in historical significance. Dare to Dream 2008 has partnered with the HERA Foundation dedicated to ovarian cancer awareness, to link together adventure on one of the worlds highest mountains with powerful philanthropy and health awareness.
"Despite being the first 8,000 meter peak to be climbed Annapurna has since received the least number of attempts and ascents of all the 8,000 meter mountains."
Climbing to the summit of Annapurna is an extraordinary undertaking for any woman - or man, and we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first all-women's climb of Annapurna - as well as demonstrating how far women and men have come in working together to achieve goals and overcome adversity. This project will take Annapurna beyond a physical summit to a deeper story of inspiration and hope. We will spread the message of health education, empowerment and the value of turning dreams into reality.
Led By Everest Summiteer Tonya Riggs, the expedition took place during the fall of 2008. The climbing team was comprised of carefully selected women and men and included an international mix of mountaineers of varying ages. In addition to the climbers, a group of trekkers joined the team on the hike into Base Camp, and included in cooperation with HERA, several survivors of ovarian cancer.