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I Want to Live Your Life

People who meet Margo Talbot, who is something of Canadian sports royalty as a world-renowned ice climber, tell her this all the time. Talbot leads groups all over the world, she represents a major sports company, she is a supremely talented ice and rock climber. Talbot, 54, lives the life. Well, at least that’s what [...]

By | April 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Flame Resistant Underwear

No really. When I checked my email this afternoon I had an email from GovX, which is a site that sells discounted gear and stuff to veterans. I qualify, since I’m a vet. However most of the stuff they sell is a little too…military. This however got my attention. I could have used a pair [...]

By | April 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Why I Can’t Trust AirBnB, and Neither Should You

This morning the email arrived from AirBnB. Here was their answer: Sara R, Mar 31, 14:58 PDT: Hello Julia, This is Sara here with Airbnb I am emailing you to let you know that we are unable to support your military ID. In order to verify your ID please upload your Government issued license or [...]

By | April 1st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Crashing in Kazakhstan

One moment I was enjoying a rollicking gallop on my Kazakhstan gelding, chasing the group that was running at full speed up ahead. My horse was a pacer and had no taste for an all -out run. The next I was doing my second tuck and roll of the day, having been unceremoniously launched past [...]

By | March 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Go Alone: A Woman Overseas

The author on the Everest Base Camp Hike, Nepal, at 61 OH my god that’s so dangerous. Aren’t you SCARED? I couldn’t possibly do that. Why don’t you go in a group? That’s so much SAFER. In 1983, I threw a backpack over my shoulders- it was WAY too heavy- and headed to New Zealand, Australia [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

“UM, Neddy, I have to pee.” “You’ll have to wait. We’re at least an hour from the Lodge.” “I have to pee NOW.” “You have to hold it. It’s going to be an hour before we’re back.” “Neddy, you don’t understand. I have a urinary track infection. I gotta pee NOW. As in RIGHT NOW.” [...]

By | March 18th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

“My Life is Over”: Injuries in Badass Women

The post on Facebook was a wail. The young woman was crushed: a recent bad breakup, and she had badly cranked herself heading at speed down a Colorado mountain. Her knee was trashed. According to her, her life was over. Forever. Right. Um, no. About ten women chimed in- all of us athletes, varying ages. [...]

By | March 18th, 2018|Blog|2 Comments

Anti-Aging Secrets: The Real Fountain of Youth

The older couple ahead of me on the stairs made their careful way up, step by confident step. There were in their seventies, and lightly bundled for the slight March chill brought on by the winds. I paused and spoke with them as we neared the top of 200 steps. I was on my tenth [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Burn the Script

I held a remarkable African necklace in my hand when she walked up and asked if she could help me. The necklace, made of twine and feathers, spoke to me. This is the kind of thing I can't cram into a backpack or bag when I come home from my international travels. I'd prefer to [...]

By | March 2nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Climbing Kilimanjaro: What’s Really Involved?

This past Thursday I had a coffee meeting with a woman who arranges all kinds of travel for all kinds of people. Deb asked me about Kilimanjaro, which I had trained for and summitted back in 2013. She said quite rightly that "lots of women- and men- say I couldn't possibly do that." Well, they're [...]

By | February 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments