This is what we have achieved:
JEWELS OF ANTARTICA CHALLENGE 2012: The First and only team of Breast Cancer survivors from the UAE to Antartica – 11 day Multi Challenge in the pristine wilderness of Antartica.
On the 1st December 2012, under the Patronage of her Highness Sheikha Al Yazia Bint Al Saif Al Nayhan, wife of the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s first and only team of Breast Cancer Survivors will left for Antarctica.
Lead by Jules Lewis of Mountain High, an experienced and well respected expedition leader, the team flew to the most Southerly place in the World (Ushuaia) on UAE National Day and had a flag ceremony planned to celebrate the day and the start of their ten day floating expedition aboard a purpose built ice vessel M/V Plancius.
During the expedition the team completed a series of activities to include kayaking, snow shoeing, shore camping and the opportunity to summit on two mountain peaks as well as enjoy the wildlife of Antarctica – penguins, whales and seals to name a few!
“This expedition is a great opportunity to reinforce the strength and spirit of women, women as explorers and highlight the UAE as an emerging leader in the field of women’s health. The team are fabulous roving ambassadors for Breast Cancer awareness and great spokeswomen to encourage more women to get into action and take charge of their health. Prevention is always better than cure so as well as awareness and education we believe strongly in the importance of regular screening and a integrated healthy active lifestyle.”
Said Jules Lewis of Mountain High, expedition leader.
VIETNAM WOMEN’S CHALLENGE 2010: A 9 day multi-activity challenge in the North of Vietnam. Cycling in Sapa, Hike up Mt Fansipan and kayaking in Halong Bay. Proudly supporting the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
CHO OYU EXPEDITION 2010: 42 day high altitude climbing expedition with a small team of 10 other climbers guided by Max Kausch of Summit Climb. Julie and Calin reached a new personal best of 7,000m on the mountain. Unstable weather and avalanches prevented anyone from summiting on Cho – The World’s 6th highest Mountain at 8,228 m. Julie and Calin used the climb to raise awareness and funds for Breast and Prostate Cancer (“Boobs and Balls Summit”).
CAPE CELTIC WOMEN’S CHALLENGE 2010: Multi-activity challenge in the Western Cape of South Africa. Shark cage diving, hiking, kayaking, summit on Table Mountain and for the fist time ever on a Mountain High trip – a wine tour!!!
INCA WOMEN’S CHALLENGE 2009: Multi-national team of women from around the globe met in Lima for the start of the ultimate Peruvian adventure! White water rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, 4-day hike along the Inca Trail over Dead Woman’s pass, Machu Pichu site visit, jungle stay at the Amazonas Lodge. Raising awareness for osteoporosis – the Bones in Motion Team.
ISLAND PEAK SUMMIT & EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK 2008: World famous trek in the breathtaking Himalayas. Trek to Everest Base Camp for main group. Calin and Julie take a detour and summit on Island Peak 6189m.
APHRODITE’S CHALLENGE 2008, 2009 & 2010: Multi-activity challenge in Cyprus as part of the Global Go Red For Women campaign to raise awareness for heart disease in women. Hiking, biking, coasteering, kayaking and scavenger hunt in and around the forests – home to the Goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite!
JEWELS OF ARABIA CHALLENGE, JORDAN 2007: Multi-activity challenge, Indiana Jones style. A multi-national team of 16 completing a series of challenges across Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea.
TICKLED PINK PADDLERS 2007: Team of Breast Cancer survivors to form the first Dragon Boat Team to race in Penang bringing home silver medals in their category, just 11 seconds behind the current world champions in the field.
ARCTIC WOMEN’S CHALLENGE 2007, 2008 & 2009: First all female multi-national team of women from the UAE to complete a 7 day arctic expedition to Svalbard. The team experienced dog sledding, ice caving, and a snowmobile safari at temperatures as low as -30. The team included the first two Emirati sisters to the arctic, one of whom was a two times breast cancer survivor.
TICKLED PINK SERIES 2007, 2008 & 2009: Fund and awareness raising campaign for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Emirates.
NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009: Lead the first all female team of 10 women for the UAE to join 25 women from Kerala, India and take part in the World famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race on a snake boat over a race distance of 750m. The first foreign women participants in the history of the Boat race, which has been running for 54 years. Winners of the Women’s category.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS 2006: led the first all female Arab and Western team from the UAE to trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal, Morocco at 4065m. Held under the Patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
JEBEL UM ADAMI CHALLENGE April 2006: to mark World Health Day Julie lead a team from the UAE to the highest peak in Jordan located in Wadi Rum 1830m.
JEBEL YIBIA CHALLENGE 2005: to mark International Mountain Day (as designated by United Nations) Julie joined a team to the summit of the UAE’s highest peak.
SARAWAK REGATTA 2005: First all female team of women from the UAE to race in the Sarawak Regatta coming a respectable 2nd place in the tourist category (beating the men’s team from Singapore!). Returned with teams in 2006 & 2007.
MOUNT KILIMANJARO August 2005: lead a team from the UAE on the Machame Route to Africa’s highest peak – Kili at 5895m.
TREK FOR TSUNAMI PROJECT 2005: following on from the 4km walk on the Palm, Julie led a team of 15 men and women to complete the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal crossing a high pass of 5416m.
TREK 4 TSUNAMI Projects 2005: Organized the first 4km walk on the Palm Jumeirah in association with Nakheel and raised Dhs 100,000 to support a school and orphanage rebuild project in Sri Lanka.
IRAN 2004: Successful summit on Mount Damavand (5692m) Iran, the highest peak in the Middle East.
PEDAL FOR PEACE 2004: joined 240 women from 23 different countries and cycled from Beirut through Syria to Jordan.
3B JORDAN CHALLENGE 2004: Under the Patronage of HRH Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, 10 day multi-activity challenge to raise awareness for Osteoporosis, team of 24 women from the UAE
EVEREST WOMEN’S CHALLENGE 2003: led the first all female team from the UAE to the summit of Kala Pattar ( 5550m ) and Everest Base Camp ( 5370m) in Nepal in the 50th Anniversary Year of Everest and in the process raised Dhs180,000 towards a mobile breast cancer-screening unit.
BORNEO CHALLENGE 2002: led the first all female team from the UAE up Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, the highest peak in South East Asia at 4095m.