A lover of all things outdoors, Cathy is an explorer, mother, wife and USA Operations Lead at global drone-based inspection company, CyberHawk - and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.
Back in 2014, Cathy led a climbing expedition to a remote part of East Greenland, establishing four new, never-before-explored routes.
Cathy passionately believes that these kinds of life-changing experiences don’t just fall into your lap - you have to work hard for them.
Expeditions are born from a book full of notes and ideas, endless nights of planning, and more spreadsheets than any outdoor-lover cares to imagine.
Australian-born and adopted-Scot, Cathy currently splits her time between Colorado and California, where she’s learning to both snowboard and surf, while spending time with friends and family.
It’s safe to say that she’s really taking advantage of every opportunity life throws at her.
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Who is Cath?
Currently based in Denver, Colorado, USA
Living in Scotland for the past 20 years with her husband and children
Working for CyberHawk using drones
Growing up in Adelaide in South Australia
Spending time in the outdoors and climbing trees at a young age
Leaving Australia to go to Canada in her early 20s
Meeting her husband in Canada and moving to Scotland
Starting climbing in her mid thirties after having her 3 children
Making progress in climbing
Having an accident and spending 9 months in recovery
Building her confidence back up
Finding people to climb with
Venturing outside to climb
Not giving up when challenges happen
Dealing with fears and building confidence
Deciding to head to East Greenland in 2014
Wanting to climb in a remote and challenging location
Needing to find a team and get people on board
Starting with the research
Struggling to find women to come and climb
Spending 5 weeks in East Greenland
Planning the new routes
The tent sent up and what base camp was like
Feeling confident but apprehensive
Paying and funding for the expedition
Being supported by Tiso
Figuring out the food requirements for 5 people for 5 weeks
Human waste and dealing with poo!
The wildlife considerations from crows to polar bears
Her physical preparation and working with a personal trainer
Being part of a “fit-family”
Reflecting back on Greenland and the lessons learned
Being careful of the people who you surround yourself with
Being open to the learning
The next challenge…. and wanting to head to South America
Final words of advice to encourage other women to take the next step
The power of talking about what you want to do