Fresh Starts Series

Fresh Starts

Push the reset button on fears. In this series, authors explore challenges that held them back + how they worked with them to realize stronger versions of themselves.

  • Solo Hiking Presidential Traverse - Trails

Solo Hike: Finding fortitude on the Presidential Traverse

words and photos by Ashleigh McEuen :: My packed bag sits by my door. My alarm, set for 4 a.m., is unnecessary: I am drifting anxiously in and out [...]

  • facing-fears-climbing-photography---regaining-the-highline

Climbing Photography: Snapping Through a Fear of Heights

words and photos by Shani Leead :: A few years ago, if you asked if I would scramble to the top of a rock formation, I would have looked [...]

  • Facing Fears Kayaking Morning

We Are Not Broken: Healing Through Outdoor Empowerment

words by Traci Saor :: The kayak wobbled. Her paddle hit the water and splashed muddy brown water over her and into the cockpit. “This is scary,” Danielle* whispered [...]

  • facing fears mountain biking - View

Risk Analysis: Navigating Mental Hurdles after the Injury

words by Alexandra Pierce ::   “You had worse crashes when you were more hurt and you ended up okay,” I say to myself. Standing in the shower, I [...]

  • Facing Fear of Whitewater Kayaking - Rafting

Paddling through Fear: Finding Peace on the River

words and photos by Kathie Green :: The raft was unpacked, the fire was crackling. I crouched on the sand, adjusting my camera to capture the stars. As [...]

  • Scaling the cliffside on the via ferrata

Suspension: How a Bridge Helped Me Cross My Fears

Riding the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Photo and words: Lisa Kowieski 10:00 a.m. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, British Columbia: Rain is coming [...]

  • lessons from lead climbing

Lessons from Lead Climbing: Balance in the Risk

words by Rachel Clark; illustration by Lisa Kowieski   A forty-foot wall is really high when you’re only a little taller than five feet. I was 18 when [...]

  • Female Solo Biking Tour - Haida Gwaii

Solo Bike Touring: Discovering Myself in Haida Gwaii

photos and words by Molly Mew :: Cycling brings people together. It’s why I began biking and how I’ve met some of my closest friends. It’s what I [...]

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