Susan Ershler Reaching New Heights Susan Ershler Keynote Speaker and Seven Summits Climber
Susan Ershler Keynote Speaker and Seven Summits Climber
Susan Ershler Keynote Speaker and Seven Summits Climber

Media Overview

This considerable achievement of earning a world record and making history as a couple led to global media coverage by hundreds of media outlets.

Surmounting Everest's 29,035 feet remains one of the great mythic achievements, an undisputable display of skill and courage against ice and rock, bottomless chasms, body-numbing temperatures and tent-shredding winds, all in an oxygen-deprived danger zone. Ms. Ershler worked hard to get there.
—The New York Times

National Coverage

  • National
    NPR OnPoint radio: Tom Ashbrook interviews Susan and Phil Ershler, December 21, 2006, "The Joy & Tragedy of Climbing"
  • National
    ABC NATIONAL — Good Morning America — Diane Sawyer interviews with Ershlers, "That's the seven highest peaks on the seven continents and they saved Mt. Everest for last. Joining us from Seattle are Sue and Phil Ershler."
  • National
    CNN News Show — Fredrica Whitfield — live interview via satellite phone from base camp
  • National
    CNN American Stories — Ershler Everest story highlighted
  • National
    CNN Headline News — Feature on Ershler Everest story — "A Washington State couple is proving they'll truly go to the ends of the earth for each other. Sue and Phil Ershler successfully reached the summit and made them the first husband and wife team to do that. Their Everest summit also caps off an impressive climbing resume. The two have now conquered the highest mountain on every continent".
  • Phoenix, AZ
    KTVK-IND — "Mount Everest — married couple has made it to the top".
  • Phoenix, AZ
    KSAZ-FOX — "Mt. Everest. A couple returned after climbing the mountain. It was the first husband and wife to reach the top". Picture of couple hugging.
  • Fresno-Visalia, CA
    KFSN-ABC — "Sue and Phil Ershler returned to Washington state after completing one of the most challenging adventures of their lives."
  • San Diego, CA
    KUSI-IND — "They took on Mount Everest and managed to make it into the record books."
  • San Diego, CA
    KUSI-IND — "Harsh and deadly weather conditions didn't stop one courageous couple from completing their dream. The Ershlers became the first married couple to climb to the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents together."
  • San Francisco, CA
    KGO-ABC — "A husband and wife team became the first married couple to climb the highest peaks on each of the world's seven continents together."
  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA
    KFTY-IND — "They made it! The first husband-wife team to reach the top of the seven summits including Mt. Everest."
  • Chicago, IL
    WGN-WB — "Phil and Susan Ershler of Washington have reached the summit of Mt. Everest becoming the first married couple to climb the highest peaks".
  • Chicago, IL
    WGN-WB — "Taking your marriage to new heights. Phil and Susan Ershler are the first husband and wife team to reach the top of the seven summits together. Friends and family in Seattle Washington greeted them with a heroes welcome".
  • Indianapolis, IN
    WXIN-FOX — "Homecoming of the couple that climbed Mt. Everest".
  • Ft. Meyers-Naples, FL
    WINK-CBS — "Phil and Sue Erhsler are the first husband-and wife team to reach the top of the seven summits together. The couple tried to reach the summit of Mt. Everest last year but had to turn back."
  • Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, MS
    WCBI-CBS — "The first ever man and wife team to make to the top of all seven summits together is back safe at home".
  • Omaha, NE
    KETV-ABC — "They made it! The first husband-wife team to reach the top of all seven continents together."
  • Omaha, NE
    KMTV-CBS — "Phil and Sue Ershler of Bellevue, Washington climb Mt. Everest; The Ershler's are the only married couple to climb the highest mountains on the all seven continents."
  • Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH
    WJW-FOX — "The "first" husband and wife team to stand on top of the world's seven continents are back home".
  • Eugene, OR
    KVAL-CBS — "Married couple summits Mt. Everest, Sue and Phil Ershler."
  • Eugene, OR
    KEZI-ABC — "Seattle couple summits Everest. Phil and Sue Ershler climbed Everest".
  • Portland, OR
    KOIN-CBS — National/world news — "Phil and Sue Ershler reached the summit of Mt. Everest".
  • Portland, OR
    KATU-ABC — National/World news — "Mt. Everest — man and woman climbed to top together".
  • Portland, OR
    KPDX-FOX — "Couple climbing Mt. Everest, northwest couple took marriage to new heights". Reporter Darren Moore talks with Phil and Sue Ershler.
  • Austin, TX
    KEYE-CBS — "We'll tell you why their latest feat is fit for the history books. They made it! The first husband-wife team made it home to Washington".
  • San Antonio, TX
    KSAT-ABC — "When you hear someone say they're 'on the top of the world', you're reminded of the movie 'Titanic', but Leonardo Dicaprio wasn't as high up as Sue and Phil Ershler. They're the latest people to climb Mt. Everest."
  • Spokane, WA
    KXLY-ABC — "A Bellevue Washington man and his wife have reached the summit of Mt. Everest"
  • International
    Fox International — Playground Earth — Phil and Sue Ershler seven summits story

Seattle NW News Television

  • KING-NBC — Lori Matsukawa — interview via satellite phone from base camp
  • KING-NBC — Live interview (in home), "Bellevue couple climbs Mt. Everest".
  • KIRO-CBS News — interview from base camp with Ed Carlos & Wayne, "New Everest record. First married couple to climb the seven summits together." KIRO-CBS — "Bellevue couple makes history as the first couple to scale the 7 highest peaks on the world's 7 continents."
  • KOMO-ABC — interview from base camp with Ethan, "Bellevue couple climbs Everest, first married couple to climb mountains on all 7 continents".
  • KOMO 4 News — "Bellevue Couple's Love Reaches New Heights" — by Komo staff
  • KOMO 4 — in station interview for Michelle Esteban evening news
  • KCPQ-FOX — interview live in studio with Julie Lee & Peter Alexander for morning news show, "Bellevue couple Phil and Susan Ershler just became the first couple to climb the highest peaks of the world's seven continents together."
  • KONG-CABLE — "Bellevue couple is the first married couple to summit the top 7 peaks".
  • KONG-CABLE — "Ershler couple returns from historic mountain climb up the continent's 7 highest peaks."
  • Channels 4,5,7, and 13 — Local TV news stations flight arrival interview at SeaTac airport — aired that evening

Featured Press

The first couple ever to scale all Seven Summits, and they saved the toughest one for last: Mt. Everest... Made History!
Diane Sawyer

Today Show Feature

Phil and Susan Ershler on The Today Show

The Today Show features the Ershler's story:
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In the News

The Today Show, 2007
The Today Show, 2007
CNN with Fredrica Whitfield
Good Morning America
Northwest Afternoon 2007
Q13 News, Seattle
CNN
CNN
Evening Magazine
CNN
A go-getter by nature, Ershler knew big success meant dreaming big.
Selling Power Magazine
Susan and Phil Ershler became the first couple to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents together.
CNN
Does Susan believe one can learn to be a leader? "If one is performance-driven, passionate about helping others progress, knowledgeable in their field, willing to support their team even during the tough times? They will probably be a pretty good leader," she says.
American Business Women's Association
Susan Ershler had climbed to the top of her sales profession before she ever strapped on crampons. She approaches climbing goals and sales goals the same way: setting them high and keeping them constantly in mind.
Seattle Woman Magazine

The Book

Together On Top Of The World, a book by Phil and Susan Ershler

The Ershlers' Book: A powerful, inspirational, true adventure story... more »
Now in Paperback & Kindle!