Proof you can be a Good Mother While Still Feeding Your Passion for the Mountains

Great read, I’ve seen people have a child and continues their mountain life and adventures adventures with no adverse impact to the child… fact quite the opposite.

Leighan Falley was only ten years old when she decided that she was going to climb a mountain. “That one,” she told her mom in the car one day, pointing to Denali 200 miles off into the horizon. She didn’t even know its name at the time but the monstrous peak was calling to her.

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Search & Rescue

“That feeling that you get when you help that person, when you bring a person down off a mountain and the family is standing there, waiting. You feel like you made a difference today.” – Toby Norton, Utah County Search and Rescue. When Brenda Beene was 15, she and two cousins decided to hike up a waterfall to watch the sunset. While scaling the slippery precipice, one of her cousins lost his footing, and fell off the rock face. “The fear was indescribable,” says Beene. “It was paralyzing. I sat there, next to his lifeless body, for what seemed like forever. The sun started to go down, and then I saw two faces come up over the ledge. It was Search and Rescue. I was so grateful.” Search & Rescue follows search and rescue volunteers who confront life and death experiences that have shaped their lives. Little did Beene know that they were volunteers. “People that we didn’t know, who just volunteered to leave their families at a moment’s notice, came to help a total stranger. That’s when I decided that’s what I wanted to do. Every call is personal.” Now a member of SAR (Search and Rescue) herself, Beene responds to calls in conjunction with her local sheriff’s office, and helps hikers, spelunkers, and other outdoor adventurers in times of need. Becoming a SAR member is a rigorous process. After being selected from a pool of applicants, interviewees must provide their own gear, means of travel, and take a yearlong course to learn the skills required to be a part of the team, followed by a strenuous final test.   Though the required gear can cost around $2,000, the emotional commitment often hangs heaviest. “The hardest thing for an SAR person is when their best effort doesn’t lead to a good outcome. When that happens, there’s a level of frustration and darkness that’s really difficult,” says SAR volunteer Scott Hammond, who is author of Lessons of the Lost. In 2009, John Jones took a wrong turn in Nutty Putty cave, and got wedged in a crevasse 10 to 14 inches wide. “I could see that this was much more dire, and that we were in trouble,” recalls Susie Goodspeed, the first SAR responder to reach him. After nearly 24 hours of rescue efforts that partially lifted him out of the passage, a pulley system gave out, and John fell back into the spot he had been stuck in.  Rescuers immediately took pneumatic drills into the cave to chisel away the rock. By that time, however, Jones had already passed.  Because of the danger of the cave, his body was deemed unrecoverable, and Nutty Putty Cave was officially closed. “To pull out, and to say it’s not a rescue anymore, it’s a recovery – it’s hard. I didn’t sleep much after that,” remembers Godspeed. “Hope is a mindset. You can structure a way for things to get better,” remarks Victoria Grover, a rescued hiker featured in the film. While visiting Boulder, Utah, Grover decided to trek the remote Coleman Trail solo, and found herself trapped in the wilderness for three days with a broken leg, even though she had told her motel clerk to call for help if she wasn’t back by dark. Once the police were contacted, SAR volunteer Breck Crystal began the search on horseback. “I found tracks going down into the canyon, but not coming out,” Crystal remembers. A helicopter dispatched to the area found Grover the next morning.   “When the rescuer finds you, you find life again,” says Grover. “You find your life. When you think you’re going to die, and then see a helicopter fly over, and three guys barreling down from it, they gave me back my future.”

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Best Outdoor Blogs

Salt Lake City’s very Own Girl On Hike is in here!! 

Winners of the CreditDonkey Best Outdoor Blogs have been announced. Be inspired for your next outdoor adventure by keeping tabs on the best outdoor resources the web has to offer.

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