Tori James

Tori stars in the BBC documentary "On Top of the World" which was produced using the video footage which she shot and directed whilst climbing Everest.Tori James is a multi-talented individual with a passion for extreme adventure in sub zero temperatures. She grew up on a farm in Pembrokeshire where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather. After gaining a degree in Geography from Royal Holloway University, Tori spent three years working for the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES Expeditions) which is based at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London. It was during her time working in the attic of the RGS that she became part of a team that was determined to make the record books.In May 2005 The Pink Lady PoleCats became the first ever all-female team to complete The Polar Challenge, a grueling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. Not only did The Pink Lady PoleCats finish the race in 6th position out of 16 teams, beating all-male teams along the way, but they also raced through polar bear territory, across constantly-shifting sea ice and survived storms with temperatures of -40°C. Two years later, on 24th May 2007, Tori climbed to the summit of Mount Everest (8,850 metres/29, 035 feet). In doing so, she became the youngest British female (at 25) and the first ever Welsh woman to reach the summit. Tori made up one quarter of the London Business School Team, who were climbing on Everest's south side in Nepal. When Tori's not living out of a tent and cooking on a stove she supports a number of youth organisations, all of which contributed enormously to her teenage years. These include BSES Expeditions, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Girlguiding UK. Her expeditions have raised over £30,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Prince's Trust. [+]