Cathy O'Dowd

688 Flips | 5 Magazines | 33 Likes | 3 Following | 35 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.

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Naked geology, dazzling light… my journey into the Arctic

What if we couldn’t stand each other, on this vessel alone on icy seas? Agatha Christie would have loved the scenario<p>The Arctic doesn’t give a damn about us. If it could have a preference, it would want us dead<p>In a tragicomic photograph to be found on the internet, a hydrogen balloon lies sideways …

Behind-the-scenes with Berghaus ambassador Leo Houlding

Adventure climber and Berghaus-sponsored athlete Leo Houlding has tackled some of the world’s most difficult peaks, in its most unforgiving …

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Around 2 a.m. on May 28, 2017, Kilian Jornet crabbed across Mount Everest’s North Face, alone, delirious, at nearly 27,000 feet, and far off route. He was descending from the 29,029-foot summit, his second trip to the top without supplemental oxygen in seven days. But now he was lost and couldn’t …

When Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly

Three members ofcontroversial <b></b>social-media collective High on Life were killed when they were swept over a waterfall in Canada. It’s a tragic, if sadly predictable, conclusion to a career of risk-taking one-upmanship that once landed two of the trio in jail for damaging Yellowstone National Park’s …

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Team Focus: Why Individual Athletes Should Create A Sponsorship Team

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Alone on the Ice

On January 8, 2015, Swiss sports center Aranea received a text. It read: “More than half the way to the South Pole I have behind me. I am sure that I will break the record;)” The message came from German adventurer Martin Szwed, who had paused somewhere on the flat, frozen surface of Antarctica to …

The Speed Project: A Crazy, 340-Mile Desert Relay

I’m hardly the first person to point it out, but in today’s running scene, amateur athletes are gaining visibility as ambassadors for the sport. Blame it on social media, or repeated instances of self-sabotage on the professional end of the spectrum. Either way, one could argue that many of …

We asked the professionals for their worst travel mistakes

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How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Appalachian Trail?

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OPINION: Cutting-Edge Climbing or Insta-fame?

<b>As outdoor brand marketers look for compelling images, is the core content of climbing achievements being cheapened? Zofia Reych makes the case for</b> …

High-achieving girls are terrified of failure. One school is teaching them how to bounce back

Shaker Heights, Ohio<p>One day in early May, a group of 30 girls in Novelty, Ohio, were stressing themselves out. At the edge of the 140-acre property of Laurel School was a high-ropes course featuring a pamper pole, a giant swing, and a catwalk—American Gladiator-style challenges for the girls, …

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'There's a lot of fakery': insiders spill on the dirty tricks behind wildlife photos

The Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was stripped of a prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year award last week after judges noticed that the anteater at the foot of a glowing termite mound in his picture looked an awful lot like the taxidermy anteater found at the entrance to the national …

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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, …

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

Sion Jair, 68, has climbed the Old Man of Coniston at least 5,000 times and the emerging science backs him up that regular, vigorous exercise is beneficial for those with the disease<p>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 …

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How to plan your first adventure

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The Beautiful Struggle

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Photographer Jimmy Chin on Mastering the Art of Chill

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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 …