Carolyn Highland

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....

Carolyn Highland

Writer

Car­olyn High­land is a Maine native and North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity grad with a BA in Cre­ative Writ­ing. She has spent the time since grad­u­at­ing out in the world gath­er­ing mate­r­ial for her writ­ing and enrich­ing her­self as a human being every­where from the back­coun­try of New Zealand to the desert of North­ern Chile to the White Moun­tains of New Hamp­shire to the woods of Maine. She cur­rently lives, teaches, and stud­ies in Den­ver. Car­olyn counts Joan Did­ion, Eula Biss, Cheryl Strayed, Lily King, and Jon Krakauer as her great­est lit­er­ary influ­ences.