Louise ‘Squash’ Falconer was named Squash by her older sister. The name stuck. These days, the record-breaking adventurer is known as Squash Falconer and forgets she has any other name.
Someone who fully lived farm life, the young Squash Falconer did not have a typical childhood. Leaping from trees and messing around in the barn were natural, everyday occurrences. She planned on leaving school at the age of sixteen and becoming a farmer. But her life did not pan out the way she expected.
When only twelve years old, one of her teachers suggested that if she only applied herself, Squash Falconer could excel academically. And she did! She completed her GCSEs, A-levels, and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Embracing her love for sport and the outdoors, she then set off into the unknown.
At the age of eighteen, the young Squash Falconer found herself in the French Alps. Although she saw Mt Blanc every day, she had no idea that the mountain would represent the start of one of her greatest passions, i.e., climbing huge mountains.
After a few years of traveling, Squash Falconer got involved in endurance racing. She also climbed her first big mountain in South America. In 2004, she tackled and conquered the highest peak in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua in Argentina. This was the start of her mountaineering career. In 2008, she made the summit of Cho Yu in Tibet. Her descent was unique as she went down part of the way on her bumboard. This made her the world’s highest-ever bumboarder, as the mountain is only 600m lower than Everest. Not long after that, she conquered Everest too!
Besides climbing, Squash Falconer is also a keen skier, paraglider, motorbike rider, and all-round adventurer. In 2009, she decided to achieve a few things on her bucket list, i.e., ride a motorbike down the south of France, climb Mt Blanc, and fly from the summit. Against all odds, she managed it and only discovered afterward that she was the first British woman to fly down from the summit.
In 2013, Squash Falconer completed a three-thousand-mile journey on al ElliptiGo. She set a new distance record for travel on an elliptical bicycle. She also managed to become the European Women’s ElliptiGo Champion for three consecutive years.
Squash Falconer uses film and television to share her many adventures. She has shot many of her trips herself and received accolades for the various short films she has produced. Mexico’s BMW invited her to co-present a program that saw her travel through Baja California on a motorbike. Another documentary saw her ride thousands of miles through South America on her BMW GS 800.
Her many experiences, adventures, work, and travels have seen Squash Falconer meet amazing people and create a career she loves. Her motivation to do things stems from a need of wanting to feel and experience as much as she can. She wants to learn and grow, share her experiences, and make a difference in the lives of others – while having a wonderful time and living life to its fullest.
“I have rewritten my own limits of what I thought was possible. With a fearless spirit and an insatiable thirst for challenge, I carved a path in the world of extreme adventure.” – Squash Falconer
Besides her travels and speaking engagements, Squash Falconer is involved in various charities. Coppafeel uses its funds to heighten awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer in women. Luca aims at helping a child struck down by Meningococcal Septicaemia have every chance at excelling in his future life. Wings of Kilimanjaro, an annual adventure on Mt Kilimanjaro, helps raise money for charity projects that help improve the lives of Tanzanians. Solea is a French community charity that supports cancer research and community projects. The Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal and Tibet helps local families build schools and hospitals and initiate environmental projects in remote areas near Mt Everest.
As a conference speaker, Squash Falconer brings a unique perspective to corporate audiences, business teams, and even younger audiences. Her bespoke presentations ignite an energy inside her audiences that they may have not realised was bursting to get out. Illustrating her journeys through her adventures, she demonstrates how the right planning, mindset, team, and resilience enable you to perform at the highest level. She lives in France and presents in English.
“Squash spoke eloquently about her journey that led from growing up on a farm to summiting Mount Everest. I can honestly say that we were all spellbound. Interspersed was footage and photos of Squash’s expeditions – we enjoyed every minute and left motivated and inspired!”
“Great to have a female first in a room of high achievers, who can share the mind set of what it takes to obtain goals that might seem out of reach, while also looking at it from a different perspective rather than someone in the same industry / corporate point of view. Because you’re from a different industry entirely, the reach was not just for the attendees to think about how they could build on what you talked about in their work life but also in personal life / goals too.”
“You were AMAZING!!! The whole team here is still talking about you and your story made a great impact. Squash really understood the brief for this audience and more than delivered on the day. A superb story teller, she takes you on a journey to the top of Everest. She draws on her extraordinary experiences to provide very valuable insights for businesses about teamwork, trust, leadership and managing risk but most of all, what it takes to achieve the impossible. Squash takes you on an emotional journey through her amazing stories and videos which really reinforces the message that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve great things.Very powerful impact. Employees really valued your lessons on your journey as they resonated so well with possible solutions for our corporate challenges.”