May 21, 2002
Ford’s No Boundaries women’s team almost reaches Everest summit
Dearborn, Michigan – Four members of Ford’s Team No Boundaries, an all-woman U.S. team attempting to summit Mount Everest, were 285 feet shy of the summit when illness and weather made them abandon their summit attempt. The climb, which lasted more than a month, reached a high point of 28,750 feet.
Team No Boundaries, whose members range in age from 35 to 58, battled extreme elements when climbing Mount Everest. Each team member reached altitudes that represent their personal best. Kim Clark, Alison Levine, Lynn Prebble, and Jody Thompson reached 28,750 feet. Midge Cross, who chose to end her summit push earlier in the week, reached 24,000 feet.
“Each of these women have accomplished so much – we applaud the entire team,” said Rich Stoddart, Ford Division marketing communications manager. “They truly exemplify what No Boundaries is all about – Ford’s endless drive to turn no into yes, inspiring all of us to move beyond what we thought possible.”
In order to further Ford’s “No Boundaries” mind-set and the launch of the all-new 2003 Expedition, Ford Division backed Team No Boundaries – Everest Expedition, providing the team with the funding and resources necessary to make the trip a success. The five-woman team began their expedition on March 27 when Ford Division introduced them at the New York Auto Show. The team departed New York for Nepal on March 28.
In Nepal, team members adjusted to the altitude before beginning their ascent of Mount Everest. The process of climbing Mt. Everest includes a series of ascents and descents designed to move necessary equipment and climatize to the ever-increasing altitude.
Team No Boundaries members have faced challenges including breast cancer and heart surgery, and this climb represents a milestone in each of their lives. For more information on the team, photographs and a history of the climb, go to www.fordvehicles.com and click on the ‘Expedition on Everest’ link.