Despite facing cancer twice and near death in the Himalayas, Rob and Jo’s passion for life and the outdoors wasn’t dampened. Determined to live life to the full, they persevered and fulfilled dreams while supporting causes close to their hearts and unwittingly setting a string of records…
In 2005 Rob and Jo Gambi became the first married couple to climb the ‘7 Summits’ (the highest peak on each continent) and ski to the Poles. Rob was also the first Australian, and Jo the first female, to achieve this.
Rob is the first cancer survivor to climb the ‘7 Summits’, and Jo is the second British woman to have climbed Everest’s North/North East Ridge.
Together Rob and Jo hold the Guinness World Record for the fastest (and first) '7 Summits' ascent (both lists) by a married couple, and Jo holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest ‘7 Summits' ascent by a female.
‘A great read, great story, and a great love…what champions you both are’
Rob and Jo have three children, Ben, Sam and Jasmine.
Sam was born with a rare complex neuro - behavioural disorder called Prader Willi Syndrome.
Rob and Jo are keen to find new ways to manage aspects of PWS especially regarding the eating disorder and challenging behaviours. They are involved in various fundraising initiatives and have also set up Sam’s PW Research Foundation. This foundation funds research that furthers understanding of, and develops treatments for Prader Willi Syndrome. For info or to make donations mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/samsresearchfoundation
If you are interested in finding out more about Prader Willi Syndrome and what you could do to help people who suffer from it, please click here.