GREATNESS
HAS NO
GENDER

The North Face celebrates gender equity on International Women’s Day.

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The highest peaks, the greatest feats.
Are they really still the preserve of men? Really?
We still hear it. That women can't excel.
Can't endure. Can't truly explore.

We hear it. But we're not listening. Because we're out there doing it. Next time you see a figure in the distance, think twice. It might not be who you thought.

Caro North

alpinist - climber

From Greenland to Patagonia, Caro has explored some of the most remote reaches of our planet. For her, greatness isn’t to be found in any particular place. It’s all about what lies within and having the courage to take on our challenges, whatever they may be.

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“The most important thing for me is to focus on your own definition of greatness. There will always be challenges along the way but I always say that things get interesting when life is challenging. I’m looking for challenges all the time. I’m aware that there will be hard moments but you have to find a way past them. And when you do, it makes life richer.” 
Caro North

Fernanda Maciel

ultra runner

Fernanda has set speed records everywhere from Antarctica to the Alps, Aconcagua to Kilimanjaro. But as a qualified environmental lawyer, she’s much more than an athlete and has a very personal understanding of greatness.

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“Greatness is not defined by how much better you are than someone else. True greatness is shown through one’s works and actions, the way in which you impact the lives of others. Without respect exploration becomes empty.”
Fernanda Maciel

Fay Manners

climber

Growing up in Southern England, Fay’s path didn’t always look like it would lead to the mountains. Now a leading figure in the mountaineering community, she finds inspiration in people who stop at nothing to make their dreams reality.

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“To me, greatness means someone stepping out of their comfort zone, pushing themselves into places they hadn’t been before and being really satisfied with that. It’s a very personal thing that shouldn’t be measured in terms of who is the best. It’s all about you and your own goals.” 
Fay Manners

Caroline Ciavaldini

climber - trad / bigwall

As one of a growing number of female athletes returning to elite sport after having kids, Caroline defines greatness way differently than she used to. For her, the achievements that really stand out are not necessarily the most impressive but those with the most meaning behind them.

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In November I managed my hardest trad route ever. It was an E10 in the south of France and what made it so special is that I had to work super hard for it. After having kids, it can be difficult to imagine getting back to where you were as an athlete. So to think I did a route even harder than what I was doing before…it took a lot of courage.”
Caroline Ciavaldini

Arianna Tricomi

skier - freeride

In some ways, everything has changed for three-time world champion Arianna. In others, nothing has. From skiing her first tree line to standing atop near-vertical faces on the Freeride World Tour, she’s noticed that greatness isn’t about performance. It’s about something else.

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Greatness is all about happiness. To me, a happy person is a great person. So often people have goals that they want to work through but they forget the fun. My philosophy is that if I'm having fun, I'll do well.”
Arianna Tricomi

Marion Haerty

snowboarder - freeride

A four-time world champion, Marion knows how sporting greatness feels. She also knows that no achievement or accolade will ever come close to the camaraderie and shared passion she experiences on mountain expeditions with friends.

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I see greatness in anyone who is just trying to be better everyday, not just in sport but on an everyday level as a human being. When I think about the greatest things I’ve done in the last year, it’s not about being the best. My favourite experience was my trip to Nepal where I was fortunate to meet amazing women who share my passion for the outdoors.”
Marion Haerty

Meet our
Athlete Team

From alpinists and climbers to skiers, snowboarders and trail runners, meet the athletes pushing the limits of exploration.

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Caro North
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Fernanda Maciel
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Fay Manners
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Caroline Ciavaldini
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Arianna Tricomi
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Marion Haerty