Episode 51 – Never Too Late to Become a Mountain Nomad

Episode 51: Never Too Late to Become a Mountain Nomad

Interview with Marinel de Jesus, founder of Peak Explorations

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After 15 years working as a lawyer, Marinel de Jesus decided to leave her legal career to pursue her love of the mountains and run her trekking company, Peak Explorations, full time. Marinel’s is a story of great cultural expectations: after a childhood growing up in the Philippines, Marinel moved to Seattle at the age of 13. Her parents instilled in her the importance of stability: finding a good job, marrying, having a family. As the only daughter, she was closely protected and encouraged not to take risks. But as she grew older, Marinel found herself drawn to travel and mountain trekking.

Find out how Marinel started listening to her inner voice, taking groups on treks around the world, and using her skills to advocate for others.

To learn more about Marinel de Jesus, read her blog Brown Gal Trekker and learn more about her trekking company, Peak Explorations ->


Marinel de Jesus

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Music is by Lee Rosevere, Kai Engel, Pipe Choir, and Josh Woodward via freemusicarchive.org

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Marinel in her Element

Marinel in Inyo National Forest

Marinel with her Mom

Peru Trek


All-Women Peru Trek (Marinel on left)

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Peak Explorations

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