The Diva in Down

Adventure diva & management consultant...

Mountaineering is the by-product of a passion for the outdoors instilled in Heather Geluk by her rural roots, combined with an inherent sense of ‘wanderlust’.  Being outside in the fresh air, and surrounded by soaring mountain faces – be they Himalayan peaks, the Rockies, the Andes or the Alps – is where she finds herself filled with an overwhelming sense of awe and inspiration. 

A management consultant by profession, Heather draws  on the lessons learned from her extensive mountaineering experiences to work with business leaders in organisations around the world to develop parallels between the challenges and leadership lessons learned in the mountains and those faced by organisations today. Heather believes that experiences outside of the ‘boardroom’ – in basecamps for example, are as important as those gained inside. Success is achieved by setting clear goals, good planning and teamwork.

Achievements beyond her day job as a consultant have included climbing on some of the highest mountains in the world including Everest, Lhotse (3rd Canadian woman to reach the summit), Makalu, and Shishapangma (Nepal / Tibet), Aconcagua (Argentina), Alpamayo (Peru), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Damavand (Iran) and skiing and climbing extensively in the Himalayas and the Alps.  Not limited to adventures closer to sea level, Heather has also cycled over 7500kms from west to east across Canada, across Tanzania, and has dragon boat raced down the Thames River in London (UK), and white water rafted extensively throughout Nepal. 

Through her high-altitude adventures Heather has raised over $350,000 for charity. Causes closest to her heart include Wellbeing of Women, a health charity dedicated to improving the health of women, mothers and babies through research, training and education. She also supports the Paldorje Education Foundation which sponsors Nepalese children through elementary and high school and college undergraduate programs.  

During her recent record-breaking expedition to become the first woman in 23 years and second woman ever to climb Shishapangma and Cho Oyu, two 8,000m (26 500 ft) peaks in one season in the Nepal Himalaya, Heather was caught in the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, 2015. Fortunate to have survived, Heather stayed on in Nepal and through the Paldorje Education Foundation provided humanitarian assistance to those thousands of men, women and children impacted by the earthquake.  She will return to Nepal this Autumn to lead the rebuilding of a school in Dalchoki and will again return to Nepal in the Spring of 2017 to continue her record-breaking Shishapangma and Cho Oyu expedition.

Heather is a global brand ambassador for Sherpa Adventure Gear and the Nth Degree.

Presenting, "From Basecamp to Boardroom" at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Finance Leaders Summit (May 2012)