I love finding off-the-radar stories like this one about a woman who makes many more famous “extreme” athletes look like pillow fighters. Lena Rowat isn’t going to be doing Sharon Stone fashion shoots anytime soon but if I needed a partner to survive a winter backcountry adventure I can’t think of anybody else I’d choose ahead of her. Among other things, Rowat has skied from Vancouver to the Yukon (over the top of 19,000′ Mt Logan), most of it in a single push. Here’s a good article on her adventures, which should help you enjoy winter so much more.
Here’s another great article about part of that adventure.
“When I look back on this trip, what strikes me most is how low-key it was. There was no documentary, no magazine feature, no fanfare. It was exceptionally driven young people chipping away, kilometre after kilometre, day after day, month after month, at something so big, that if examined in its entirety, seems impossible. They were out there only for themselves, as if on a journey to explore their own backyard. It just happened that their backyard was the Coast Mountains. I think there’s something really pure to that. I feel to this day that the little section I spent skiing through those mountains with those guys on their epic journey is precious.”