Chris has summited Denali; runs 100-mile trail races through the mountains; canoed the hippo-laden Zambezi River, in Zimbabwe; biked through remote Tanzania and has paddled and sailed through the Inside Passage along the BC coast.
Chris is a wife, mother, and business owner who loves to get her hands dirty and feet wet. Her adventurous spirit shines through in her work as a writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and two labs, Winston and Kiya.
Chris and her husband Marty became the first American married couple to ski without guide, resupply or other assistance to the South Pole--and became Guinness World Record holders.
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Chris introduces herself
Working full time and doing adventures
Not coming from an adventurous family
Growing up with 4 siblings
Enjoying spending time outside
Not having access to the mountains
Leaving college and taking her first professional job
Starting to feel as though she didn’t below
Taking a 4 month leave of absence
Deciding to travel solo
Going back to work….
Wanting to build a different type of life
Starting her own consulting business
Building a life which had more flexibility
The steps taken to get into challenges
Developing skills in mountaineering
Climbing Mount Denali the highest mountain peak in North America
Meeting her husband Marty on the Mountain!
Switching from mountains to trail running
Being all in on ultra running for 13 years
Fitting family, work and adventure into life
Taking it one day at a time
Why you can’t do it all
Deciding on the next challenge - The South Pole
Was it possible to do it on their own…
Do they have the skills?
The planning and preparation needed to do this challenge
Leaving their 12 year old son behind
Balancing the risks of living a life of adventure while being a parent
The 3 year journey to the start line
Defining roles in the partnership
Working as part of a team
Dealing with the fears of the unknown
How knowledge helped to calm fears
Getting onto the ice for the start of the adventure!
Keep moving forward with the goal of 15 miles per day
40 days….. 45 days worth of food…
Running out of food…
The reality of the situation and enjoying the journey?
Dealing with the low points
The attraction of the challenge
Can I do it
Enjoying the journey…
Writing a book about the challenge
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