Cathy O'Dowd

631 Added | 5 Magazines | 33 Likes | 3 Following | 32 Followers | @CathyODowd | Motivational speaker - 1st woman to climb Everest from both sides. I love being in mountains, whether climbing up them, skiing down them, or coming home to share stories about them through writing, speeches & photographs.

Welcome

Here’s Why Athletes Love to Suffer

When you really think about it, “because it’s there” is not a very satisfying answer. That was the motivation George Mallory famously offered to a <i>New York Times</i> reporter in 1923 before heading off on his tragic third attempt to climb Mount Everest. Of course, Mallory had some reasonable incentives, …

Psychology

Meet the man living with Alzheimer’s who climbs the same mountain every day

The night before we are due to climb the Old Man of Coniston, Sion Jair calls to warn that, chances are, we won’t be able to go up the 803m Lake District fell in the morning. I look out the window of my hotel. There’s little wind, the temperature is mild. I don’t say anything, but he seems to read …

Alzheimer's Disease

How to plan your first adventure

<b>Ash Dykes is a two-time world first record holding explorer, author and motivational speaker and he's chosen to share his top tips for planning your</b> …

The Beautiful Struggle

I have been working as a partner of Haglöfs for three years now. They are good people, they make excellent gear, and they care about the …

Inspiration

Photographer Jimmy Chin on Mastering the Art of Chill

Here's how the acclaimed climber and skier found his path to adventure storytelling.<p>During the Communist Revolution, Jimmy Chin’s parents escaped mainland China and fled to Taiwan. Eventually, they immigrated to the flatlands of Mankato, Minnesota, where they built a life working as librarians. It …

How Athletes Train Their Minds for the Olympics

During the women’s downhill race on Wednesday, Bode Miller, who has been an NBC color commentator for the alpine ski events at this Olympics, offered some insight on the mental toll of his former profession.<p>“Everyone says that the pitcher’s mound is the loneliest place in sports. I would say the …

Self-confidence

Climbing Needs More First Ascents by Women

In early December 2017, Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, along with her brother and two other Sherpas, set off to attempt Mount Langdung, an unclimbed peak in Nepal’s Rolwaling Valley. They’d do it alpine style—without the use of fixed ropes and big camps—carrying everything on their backs. After a few days of …

Mountaineering

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Social Media

Motivation Is Overrated

The great part about New Year’s resolutions: You feel wonderful when you’re making them. The not-so-great part: Odds are you’ll fail before the end of the year.<p>According to 2017 data collected by the University of Scranton, only 9 percent of people stick to their resolutions for a full year. Most …

Self-improvement

When Social Media Runs the Game, Here’s How Skiers Make it Work

Pro skiers used to be measured by their cliff drops, their rankings on big mountain competition circuits, their ski film parts and their photos in …

Social Media

Stop the Progression Already

It’s time to call bullshit on progression.<p>Too many of us are beholden to social-media expectations, the subjective scoring of action sports, and a desire to push increasingly out-there limits. Mountain bikers who once explored the woods to simply blow out the lungs now time their descents with …

Mountain Biking

A Lesson for Leaders: The Power of Thinking with a Beginner’s Mind.

Why is saying ‘I don’t know’ so hard to do in business? Perhaps we want to be seen as experts rather than people who are continually learning. Levitt …

Mountains

Why and How to Ask Influencers for What You Want

Getting One of the Basics of Influencer Marketing Right<p>The reason that some forward-thinking brands are focusing their marketing energy and budgets …

The Great Dirtbag Pissing Contest

<b>A few weeks ago,</b> someone put a sticker saying “Does this Sprinter van make my trust fund look big?” on my friend Thomas’s van when it was parked on a …

Hiking

Submissions

'I Have Snorted Again. Will I Handstand Again?'

Big-wall climber Quinn Brett had sent the Nose on El Capitan eight times. In 2012, she set a women’s speed-ascent record on the route, so she was comfortable with the moves. Sure, she’d fallen, but never on the boot flake, a jutting slab about 100 feet high. As she maneuvered the feature two months …

Climbing

This German Cyclist Couple Goes Home After Spending 5 Years on the Road

5 years ago, German couple Franzi and Jona from Tales On Tires quit their jobs to travel the world. It’s now time for them to return home to Germany …

The Post

This Adventure Cyclist Couple Have Visited More Than 50 Countries – Here Are Their Best Bikepacking Tips

I am Ed Shoote and along with my wife Marion, we are adventure cyclists and bloggers on WeLoveMountains.net. Our website is all about our adventures …

Bikepacking

Travel Blogger and Photographer Shares His Best Travel Tips After 8 Years on the Road

My name is Laurence and I’m a travel blogger and photographer from the UK. With my wife Jessica, we run two travel blogs, the adventure/photography …

Travel

Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright Shares Her Best Travel Tips and the Top Challenges of Outdoor Photography

My name is Krystle Wright and I come from the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Although now I’m more so a global nomad as I haven’t had a home for the …

Outdoors

Sherpa Stripped of Everest Speed Record by Nepal Supreme Court

The speed record for Mount Everest has stood since May 21, 2004, when Pemba Dorje Sherps claims to have traveled to the summit from base camp in …

Concours Déclics jeunes

The Next Challenge Expedition Grant

<b>The 2018 Next Challenge Grant has now closed for applications.</b><p>If you applied, you will receive an email acknowledging your application by Friday 16th …

College & University

Unlucky or deluded? One man’s attempt to swim the Atlantic

One sunny morning last November, Ben Hooper, a 38-year-old former policeman, waded into the Atlantic Ocean from a beach in Dakar, Senegal, and plunged right in. In film of the moment, Hooper appears thick set, almost podgy. He’d spent the past year bulking up and now layers of fat concealed muscle …

Aquatic Sports

Wilderness Lectures

The Wilderness Award is an annual cash award made by Wilderness Lectures; this is currently £650<p>It is open to any UK resident over the age of 18 who …

How to build a YouTube audience

The white man’s blunders of ‘explorer’ Benedict Allen feed racist myths

The story of his Papua New Guinea mission, his disappearance and subsequent rescue reinforced Great British colonial narratives of black savagery<p>I was happy when a notification popped up to tell me that Benedict Allen, the British “explorer” reportedly lost in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, had …

Papua New Guinea

Dear adventurers, Please stop pretending everyone can do this

It’s strange to think that 2 years ago I didn’t even realise there was an adventure scene. A growing community of people wanting more adventurer in …

Ray Wood On Climbing And The Photographic Medium