Only 18 months ago Ms Räihä was succesfully working as a Senior Vice President for Citibank. When she was asked to name one person from her team to be fired, she selected herself. After resigning from the company she started training fulltime for the Everest project, which had been a dream of hers.
Ms Räihä climbed with the international Peak Freaks team. Another Finish woman, Anne-Mari Hyryläinen, has been her competitor this spring on Everest, but so far her SkyClimbers team hasn't been succesful.