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It's no easy feat to reach the summit of the 12th highest mountain in the world, and it's even harder to do it without supplemental oxygen. But Allie Pepper, a mountaineer extraordinaire and our new global ambassador, has done just that while also living with menopause.

We're thrilled to introduce Allie as she sets out to become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world's 8,000+ m mountains without oxygen. Recently, Allie became the first Australian woman to reach the summit of Broad Peak (8,051 m above sea level) on the China-Pakistan border.       

Besins Healthcare is incredibly proud of her, and we're honoured to support her on this journey, just as we've supported her through menopause. 

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Allie hopes to complete the entire challenge in the world's fastest time - less than 3 years. There are  currently only two men in the world that have verified ascents of all 14 8,000+ m peaks without oxygen. They took 16 years to complete them.

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Allie's challenges

When menopause threatened to derail Allie…

While training, Allie experienced the sudden onset of menopause symptoms at the age of 45. She describes this as like being ‘hit by a freight train’. She had depression, sleeplessness, night sweats, hotflushes, joint aches, weight gain and brain fog.


When the symptoms struck, Allie thought there was no way she could continue mountaineering. She went to see a doctor who looked holistically at Allie’s health and lifestyle before prescribing a course of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Allie soon began to feel a lot better and after about a year she says she felt the same as she had done 10 years before.

Follow Allie Pepper's Climbing adventures

Dive into the inspiring saga of Allie Pepper, our fearless menopausal ambassador, as she ascends the world's 14 highest peaks without the aid of supplemental oxygen. Each peak represents a chapter in her extraordinary chronicle of perseverance, strength, and inspiration. Through our interactive map, witness the landscape of her achievements unfold in real-time. Click on a summit to explore enchanting vistas, gather insights into Allie's preparations and challenges, and celebrate her victories with each green flag planted. This digital expedition is more than a journey; it's an invitation to be moved, motivated, and maybe even start your own adventure towards the roof of the world





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Being very fit, Allie is in tune with her body and knew full well the difference between being in the midst of all her menopause symptoms and then getting back to how she’d been before.

As Besins Healthcare's Brand Ambassador, Allie will play a vital role in promoting the significance of women's health during the menopausal transition. She will share her personal experiences with HRT and its positive impact on her life, as well as updates on her amazing 14 peaks challenge.

We warmly welcome Allie Pepper to Besins Healthcare and invite all healthcare professionals, patients and job seekers to join us in following her inspiring journey.


Stay tuned for more updates!



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