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There are so many outer limitations but I will not live my life limited by my own psychological makeup

- Lene Gammelgaard

What do climbing Everest and expanding sustainability have in common?

This week, on the Global Denmark Podcast, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Lene Gammelgaard; first Scandinavian woman to summit Mount Everest, TV-personality, speaker, thought leader in sustainability and human innovation, and author of multiple books including “To the Summit and Safe Return” and bestseller “Climbing High”.

Listen to this extraordinary conversation where we follow Lene’s journey up the mountain, to herself and the lessons she took down again.

Episode Takeaways

  • The drive to climb Mount Everest [01:59]

  • Adventures from the Caribbean, across the Atlantic and back to Denmark [04:30]

  • The battle with the status quo [14:00]

  • Law school [16:53]

  • The personal impact of climbing Mount Everest [22:22]

  • The tragedy of loss and its influence on life views [27:30]

  • Lene’s journey as a human innovation and sustainability model [36:56]

  • How Lene emphasizes with day-to-day challenges where people tend to get stuck [39:18]

  • Habits and routines to stay sharp [47:38]

  • Something weird about Lene [50:46]

  • Guiding life principle [51:48]

  • Lessons to and from Denmark, and closing comments [54:40]

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