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Heart of Adventure: Elizabeth Rose

September 6, 2017

Elizabeth Rose climbed her first major summit in 2015. Now, less than three years later, the 26-year-old is poised to become the youngest Canadian to climb the Seven Summits – each of the tallest peak on every continent.

For her final climb this November, Mount Kosciuszko in Austrialia, Elizabeth will be bringing a part of Canuck Place with her – a flag to display at the summit. She has a special connection to the hospice, her dad is former board chair, John Rose.

“I am so honoured that my dad is involved with such an incredible organization,” she explains. “Seeing my dad’s relationship with Canuck Place has really opened my eyes to the importance of giving back to the community. I have seen just how special it is, having listened to the families first hand talk about their experience.”

Elizabeth made her first climb, Kilimanjaro, with her dad. Afterwards she trekked the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp with her mom, Susan.

“The beauty and grandeur that surrounded me as we climbed inspired me to one day want to attempt to summit the majestic Everest,” she says.

In 2016 she conquered Everest, with only three weeks notice, becoming the second youngest Canadian female to do so.

“It was a two-month long expedition that tested my limits both mentally and physically,” she says. “Descending from the summit was frightening because I knew my body was exhausted and I couldn’t afford to make a wrong move. I was extremely grateful for the safe experience I had on Everest and standing on the top of the world was an indescribable and euphoric memory.”

While Elizabeth has a special place in her heart for each climb, her favourite was Mount Vinson in Antarctica.

“I loved everything from the plane rides landing on the ice runways to the 24-hour long days of pure sunshine,” she recalls. “The climb itself was very enjoyable but also still had its challenges. Antarctica is definitely on the top of the list of places that I would love to go experience again.”

For Elizabeth living with an adventurous heart means being open to new experiences.

“Trying something for the first time can be scary but it is also exciting,” she says. “Having the courage to step out of your comfort zone can teach you so much about yourself and the world around you. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to embrace my dreams with an adventurous heart.”

You can seek out an adventure of your own at the Canuck Place Adventure Race. Register today.

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