Carolyn Highland

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Essay: Going Solo

Because the reality is that there are too many heart-stopping, soul-filling corners out there waiting to be explored that women shouldn’t have to wait for anyone else to get after.
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Movie Review: Wild

In Wild, Strayed has this way of writing that is all at once sharp, witty, heartbreaking, and piercingly beautiful—that touches you at your very core. Would a film be able to capture this in any satisfying way?
Flowing Through The Footholds: Achieving Focus and Fulfillment in the Mountains

Flowing Through The Footholds: Achieving Focus and Fulfillment in the Mountains

Turning back at this point would be more dangerous than continuing forward–it wasn’t an option. Trying to click into my skis on this grade would also be too risky. The only choice was to keep moving upward, up over the lip of the bowl and onto the gentler slope of the snowfield above. I knew this, logically, but I still couldn’t move my boot up to the next foothold. The fear was visceral, and I felt pathetic. I was frozen.