“And then I started reading all these book about anxiety and getting that mental fortitude because I was like, I have to have that mental fortitude if I’m going to make it. I can train and be physical, have all of this, and if I’m not okay up here then I’m not going to make it.  It doesn’t matter. I will not make it. I have to be resilient. I have to know that I’m going to be able to take care of myself and get myself up first.”

Amanda Taylor and I have intentional conversation about what it took to summit Mt. Rainier through anxiety and fear. We discuss her first summit attempt, working on mindset, changing her relationship with fear and learning to be resilient and independent. We talk about losing our sense of self as women and how Amanda reclaimed it with her climb.

Amanda Taylor is a Southern-born woman who comes alive in the outdoors, creating kick-ass meals and taking part in dismantling the patriarchy. She is raising up two kind-hearted boys, scaling mountains whenever possible, and elevating herself as a feminist.

Show Notes:

Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Mt. Rainier

RMI Expeditions

Fit to Climb by John Colver with Rohit Eipe (16-week program)

Crampons – A traction device that is attached to footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice during ice climbing (Wikipedia)

Crevasse – A deep crack, or fracture, found in an ice sheet or glacier (Wikipedia)

Mt. St. Helens

Seattle Outdoor Adventurers Meetup Group

Anxiety as an Ally by by Dan Ryckert

Cleaver on Mt. Rainier (Disappointment Cleaver)

Columbia Crest – Summit of Mt. Rainier