The cliff face loomed above my head, pegs sticking straight out from the rock. I clipped into the steel cable with both carabiners, took a deep breath, and grabbed the first peg of the Klettersteig Via Ferrata in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Then I felt the first stirrings of stark terror. It made no sense; the fear …

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[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]eenage girls these days are the bomb. Thirteen-year-old Malavath Poorna of India summited Mount Everest this week, breaking the record for the world’s youngest woman to climb the mountain. What’s more, she scaled the more difficult Tibetan side, making her achievement even more awesome (in every sense of the word). From a rural family …

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[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tephanie Hathaway is active in the Peaks Foundation, which she describes as a “female-centric nonprofit organization that raises money — primarily for women and girls in developing countries — by organizing mountain adventures.” With Peaks she has traveled to east Africa and is going to be running their Annapurna ultra-marathon in March. If you are …

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Laurel Mountain is a woman. She is beautiful and broad, expansive in spirit and warm at heart. She is transparent at times, and elusive at others. It was warm when I awoke at her base on Monday. I didn’t feel scared or jittery like I do some mornings before climbing, instead I felt welcomed. I …

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[dropcap]Z[/dropcap]oi has been a traveling aficionado since her 20’s, but it wasn’t until her 50th birthday that she took what she calls her first “big, out-of-comfort- zone adventure,” –– a trek in the Himalayas from Lukla to Goyko Lakes to the base of Mount Everest. “For me mountains are alive,” Zoi says, “they have a …

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