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Summary Profile

Rachel Colenso is one of the most extraordinary female adventurers in the world and was a 'Super Human' in the recent Channel 4 television series. She is one of only four women on earth to have completed the rigorous British SAS selection process. In addition, she organizes and leads expeditions climbing and mountaineering in remote locations across the world.
Rachel Colenso hit the headlines in October 2003 when she was stranded in a blizzard in the Swiss Alps. She was rescued by helicopter after raising the alarm by texting a friend in London. Rachel spent two nights on a mountain ledge at just under 10,000 feet after a blizzard set in on Piz Badile. Rachel Colenso was a competitor in Channel 4's Superhuman programme aired in 2004. The programme identified the most intelligent, fearless and attractive people in Britain!

Rachel is an experienced motivational speaker who, over the last few years has spoken in numerous countries on three continents. She is well used to coaching and inspiring small and large groups to go beyond their limits

Rave Reviews

Oct 2012
Walter Gehl, CEO LSG Lufthansa Service Holding AG:

“Rachel’s tales of survival in the most hostile environments, and her relentless pursuit of new heights to climb, literally and figuratively, have a lot of resonance in the business world. Whether the goal is to reach the peak of a mountain or the pinnacle of entrepreneurial accomplishment, the lessons Rachel puts forth apply just the same. The path to success in virtually any field comes down to a basic set of requirements: Determination, discipline, mental and physical fortitude and accepting nothing less than excellence. Rachel drives those points home from a very unique perspective. She is a powerful motivational speaker.”

Josefine Corsten, SVP (Senior Vice President) Corporate Communications and Marketing, LSG Sky Chefs:

“What first strikes you about Rachel are her sincerity and humility, qualities that are usually not so forthcoming in a person that has experienced and accomplished as much as she has. Her incredible story and her natural charisma in delivering it truly moved our audience. This was confirmed by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received after the event. She came across as truly authentic and natural while taking absolute command of the stage. Rachel managed to raise the impact of the central message of our conference with a highly-effective performance. I would not hesitate to recommend her for any kind of event of this nature.”


Thank you so much for the most amazing talk yesterday. We have had such positive feedback from our staff. All have thanked Ben and me in one way or other for bringing you to them (some by email, some in personal visits to our offices). Everyone was inspired and motivated by your presentation. Here are three of the emails:
Thank you so, so much for this morning. It was so inspiring. It feels like I can conquer the world.

Was super inspiring! So cool to be “gently forced” into doing introspection again!! Look forward to the awesome journey that 2012 holds for us.

Thank you so much for the motivating, inspiring talk this morning from Rachel.

I really appreciate it very much. It meant a lot to me.

It took me to a place I needed to go to, which I had forgotten & now I’m equipped to continue succeeding.

Rachel, your message was exactly what we all needed to hear as we embark on a new year of challenges. And your story was brilliantly told. Thank you from all of us!

Judy van Dam
Managing Director
JWT Johannesburg

It was a great pleasure to work with over the past few days with the launch of our “See No Boundaries” campaign.
There is absolutely no question that you “struck the right cord” with our audience and left them inspired, motivated and reflective of their own life, where perhaps they remain in the ruts of life’s daily challenges that often drag them down. I spent a lot of time during your presentation looking at your audience where I could see that they were glued to your message of overcoming obstacles and your own personal journey of self development and growth. Seemingly in Cape Town, you even left some of our staff in tears of inspiration!

Thank you for a few days of motivation and I look forward to working with over the next few months to help us reach our business objectives in our “See No Boundaries” Challenge.

A few of our managers that were at this launch have already asked if they could engage with you for further talks.

Kevin Hinton
Head of Investment Distribution
Momentum Distribution Services

"Just a word of sincere thanks for the insightful 'edge of your seat' talk on Monday. Numerous people have commented positively on the experience you related - it was certainly enjoyed and the parallels in its application in a business sense are clearly evident. "

Mark Rogers
Fairbairn Capital

"Txs to you for making it a very special event, you were great! I'll call on you again in the future"

Servaas Cillie
Managing Director of Old Mutual Investment Administrators (OMIA)

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