Jessica Hepburn Becomes 2nd Woman, 14th Person in History to Achieve Peak and Pond

Jessica Hepburn Becomes 2nd Woman, 14th Person in History to Achieve Peak and Pond

Jessica Hepburn is a British author, arts producer, adventure activist, channel swimmer, and mountaineer who completed the Peak and Pond.

In 2015, she swam across the English Channel in 17 hours 44 minutes at the age of 44 under the auspices of the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation with Paul Foreman as her escort pilot with observer Loretta Cox, and coaches Freda StreeterJohn Coningham-RollsRay GibbsNick Adams, and Boris Mavra.

Nearly seven years later on May 14th 2022, she summited Mount Everest with “Climbing the Seven Summits” to become the second woman to achieve the Peak and Pond. She explains, “Our 2020 expedition was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. Our 2021 expedition resulted in a ‘non summit’. And in 2022, third time lucky, I finally made it, but broke my leg on the way down.”

Between the English Channel crossing and the Mount Everest summit, Hepburn wrote 21 Miles: Swimming in Search of the Meaning of Motherhood.

The book describes her reason for taking on the English Channel, “After a decade of trying to become a mother – eleven rounds of unsuccessful IVF, multiple miscarriages and a pregnancy which proved almost fatal – she knew it was time to do something different. So she decided to swim the 21 miles across the English Channel.”

During her training and acclimatization process, she sought to meet and interview a number of inspirational women about a singular topic with many profound answers: does motherhood make you happy?

Hepburn was overwhelmed by what she learned from baronesses, professors, award winners, and record breakers from different walks of life.

For more information on 21 Miles, visit here.

For more information about Hepburn, visit here. To learn more about and listen to more of her podcast interviews, visit here.

Members of the Peak and Pond:

1. Hugo Rodríguez Barroso (Mexico) – accomplished twice

  • Mount Everest summit in 1997
  • English Channel crossing on 13 August 1986 in 13 hours 0 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 6 May 1999
  • English Channel crossing on 26 August 1993 in 13 hours 4 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit in 2000

2. Eric Blakeley MBE (Jersey)

  • Mount Everest summit in May 1997
  • English Channel crossing: 24 August 2003 in 20 hours 30 minutes at the age of 38

3. Georgios-Ioannis Tsianos (Greece)

  • English Channel crossing on 5 August 2000 in 9 hours 20 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit in 2004

4. Matthew J. Williams (UK)

  • English Channel crossing on 22 September 2010 in 15 hours 25 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 23 May 2008

5. Bill Borger Jr. (Canada)

  • English Channel crossing on 9 September 2000 in 12 hours 11 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 12 May 2011

6. Boguslaw Ogrodnik (Poland)

  • Mount Everest summit on 18 May 2006
  • English Channel crossing on 27 July 2014 in 20 hours 33 minutes

7. Gabriel Viti (USA)

  • Mount Everest summit on 22 May 2010
  • English Channel crossing on 7 August 2014 in 15 hours 50 minutes

8. Allan McLeland (USA)

  • English Channel crossing on 28 September 2008
  • Mount Everest summit on 23 May 2017

9. Jason Snell (UK)

  • Mount Everest summit on 15 May 2016
  • English Channel crossing on 23 September 2017 in 16 hours 30 minutes

10. Patrick McKnight (USA)

  • English Channel crossing on 21 July 2016 in 12 hours 54 minutes
  • Mount Everest summit on 18 May 2018

11. Rob Lea (USA)

  • Mount Everest summit on 24 May 2019
  • English Channel crossing on 10 July 2019 in 11 hours 47 minutes

12. Greg Johnson

  • Mount Everest summit in May 2019
  • English Channel crossing on 1 July 2021 in 18 hours 15 minutes

13. Anna Brown (Andorra)

  • Mount Everest summit on 22 May 2018
  • English Channel crossing in 13 hours 52 minutes on 16 September 2021

14. Jessica Hepburn (UK)

  • English Channel crossing in 17 hours 44 minutes on 2 September 2015
  • Mount Everest summit on 14 May 2022

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