Alex has always has a love for the outdoors and has always been fiercely independent. Her love of adventure began when she first went travelling in Africa.
In 2015 Alex hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2700 mile trail that starts at the border of Mexico and goes through America to the border of Canada. Returning to work was an impossible task and after 4 months back in an office she quit to become a permanent adventurer.
First stop back to America, second stop New Zealand (with a few thousand miles of hiking in between). Listen as Alex shares more about her adventures on the Tough Girl Podcast
Going back to her childhood and what she was like growing up
Being inspired by her granddad
Having a normal life!
Spending 6 months over in Africa
Questioning what she was doing and why she was doing
Deciding to take a sabbatical from her job!
Dealing with the obstacles…. & facing up to her fears
Why she choose the Pacific Crest Trail?
Taking us back to the start!
Getting her tourist visa for America!
Getting to America and what was happening in her head before she started
The moment that stood out for her while on the trail
Meeting Kat Davies while on the trail - Listen to her PCT hike here!
Overcoming fears on the trail
Finishing the trail on her birthday!
Making the transition back to “normal” life and going back to work
Heading to the Himalaya’s to climb Mera Peak (6,476m)
Quitting her job and what she did next!
The differences between walking North and South on the PCT
Being under time pressure to get through the Sierra before the snowfall
Having no responsibility and being free
Her trail name!
Dealing with the time pressure while heading Southbound
What’s happening inside her head while being out in the woods
Why she wasn’t trying to “find herself”
Being able to share the trail with a friend
How she’s funded these trips and how she funds her lifestyle
Her monthly budget
Her cycle tour in Australia (Sydney to Darwin)- why she decided to do, what inspired her, planning the route, buying her bike!
Having low points and how she handles it
Being a hiker at heart
What she’s learnt from leading this life
The charities she supports
Since 2016 Alex has been raising money for Just A Drop, a charity that provide clean water and sanitation for communities around the world.
Learn more about Alex here: www.masonalexandra.com
Face book - @alexmasonadventurer
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