Despite the toil and tribulations of her mountain expeditions, Bond, now 50, considers being a mother as the toughest life challenge she has ever taken on.
“Motherhood makes Everest easy,” she tells the South China Morning Post via a video call from her home on The Peak. “With kids, you’re dealing with another person, so you don’t know what you’re getting.”
Bond, the mother of a 14-year-old daughter, adds: “It’s been a different type of challenge, because with mountain climbing, you know what to expect – misery, cold and hardship. With kids, it’s a roller coaster. One day it’s amazing, and another day, not so much. It’s a rewarding but emotionally fraught journey.”
Memories from just lying on a beach can merge into one,” she says. “But an adventure – where things can go wrong, and you have to challenge or push yourself – you will talk about for the rest of your life.
The work I do with Laureus Sport for Good is perfect for me – I get to spread my love for the outdoors and adventure, inspire others to get out of their comfort zone, and raise money for charity at the same time.
I think it’s important to give back to society and have a larger purpose when you’re achieving a goal.
If not for the pandemic, the Just Challenge team would have done another fundraising trek in New Zealand as well as Patagonia in South America, according to Bond.
It is no wonder she has been described as an_ “adventurer”_ and a “philanthropist” in the countless articles written about her. But she has sometimes been given another label that she finds contentious – “socialite”.
Bond says: “I think it’s a derogatory term, to be honest. It implies that you’re just vacuous and frivolous.” That being said, she doesn’t let the tag ruffle her feathers. “If people want to call me that, it doesn’t bother me. Of course I like to go out and have fun sometimes – I wouldn’t be normal if I didn’t.”
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