Lori Schneider
Mountain Climber, Teacher, Lifelong Learner,
Inspirational Speaker for Adults and Youth

  Lori Schneider developed a bad case of wanderlust when she was 15 years old.  She traveled to the corners of the earth in search of unique cultures, people, and challenging experiences.  Lori graduated from an all-womenís college in 1978 and began a twenty-year teaching career, working with special education children, as well as kindergarten and first grade students.  In 1999, at the age of forty-three, Lori developed something else.  She awoke one morning with numbness in over 50% of her body.  Within two months, it had spread throughout her entire body. The doctors uttered two little letters from an alphabet she had recited so many times - MS.  When the crippling shock of the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis wore off, Lori decided to accelerate her love of travel and mountains, and set out to climb the highest peak on each continent.  With the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Australia, Antarctica, and Asia under her belt, Lori became the first person in the world with MS to conquer the "Seven Summits".  Loriís message to adults and children alike, reminds us that if we believe, we can achieve.

Life Experience

  Graduate of Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, class of 1978 with degrees in Special Education K-12 and Elementary Education K-8

20 years of teaching experience in Special Education and Elementary Education in Iowa and Colorado.

World traveler with visits to over 50 countries on the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, Antarctica, South America and North America.

Outdoor Experience


Lori lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for 20 years and enjoyed hiking, kayaking, skiing, mountain climbing and running.  A few of her other passions are scuba diving and white water rafting with her father.  She now lives in Bayfield, Wisconsin where she enjoys cross-country skiing, kayaking, hiking and running.






Chicago Marathon 26.2 miles

Chicago Marathon 26.2 miles

Duluth MN, Grandma's Marathon 26.2 miles

Great Wall Of China Marathon 13 miles

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb


Mountain Climbing Experience

1993 Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa  19,340 ft.  6 days
1993 Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon, East Africa  13,000 ft.  1 week

Annapurna Circuit & Base Camp, Nepal, Asia  17,771 ft.  5 week trek

1994 Torres del Paine, Patagonia, South America 100 mile circuit   4000 ft.  10 days
1994- 1998 Rocky Mountains of Colorado, multiple adventures and hiking
1998 Haute Route, 110 mile hike from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland over 11 mountain passes  above 10,000 ft.  10 days
2000 Mt. Aconcagua, South America  22,841 ft.  3 weeks
2000 Mera Peak, Nepal, Asia  21,247 ft.  3 weeks
2002 Mount Elbrus, Russia, Europe  18,540 ft.  2 weeks
2005 Ixta Volcano, Mexico  17,200 ft. 1 week
2005 Nevado de Toluca Volcano, Mexico  15,000 ft.  1 week
2006 Denali West Buttress route, Alaska, North America  20,320 ft.  3 weeks

Mount Kosciuszko, New South Wales, Australia  7,310 ft.  2 days

2008 Vinson Massif, Antarctica   16,067 ft.  3 weeks
2009 Mount Everest, Nepal, Asia   29,035 ft. 2 months
2011 Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa 19,340 ft. 7 days