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Caroline Gleich is a ski mountaineer who knows the meaning of scary but rewarding: whether she’s climbing 8,000 meter mountains in the Himalayas or anticipating her future as an adventure-seeking wife and mom. Years of hard work have brought her here and while she’s a self described late bloomer, Caroline’s learned to trust the timing in her life.
Looking back on 2018, Caroline shared on her Instagram that she summited 72 peaks and climbed 489,704 human powered vertical feet of uphill. Included in these peaks and vertical feet was the 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu. We talked with Caroline about that climb and the family she sees in her future. Even though she’s ski mountaineered some of the tallest mountains in the world, her thoughts on fear, self-trust, and creating the life she wants for herself hit close to home.
Plus, we catch up with Karen Wang two years after we interviewed her for Episode 9, After the Pacific Crest Trail. We hear about her finishing what she started on the trail and the strength she found after a chronic health issue.
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Featured in this episode: Caroline Gleich and Karen Wang
Hosted by Gale Straub
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photos courtesy of Caroline Gleich
Photos by Karen Wang from her 2017 completion of the PCT
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