This Wild Woman Reminds Us Why Looking Back Is Just As Important As Looking Ahead

By Sophia Hatzis | Digital Content Producer 

Cathy Murray has just come back from trekking with Wild Women in the Mustang district of Nepal. It was a challenging adventure, with many women experiencing the physical, mental, and emotional hardships that come with hiking at altitude.

Despite the headaches, the hiccups, and the hard yards, Cathy says there was so much to love about her Mustang experience. She’s particularly proud of mastering the bush wee…

The guides, the food, the majestic mountains, and the villages made the adventure so special. But with a fear of heights, it was probably a trek she never thought she could’ve achieved before she joined Wild Women. She feels strong, confident, and fitter than she's been in a long time.

As this week’s Wild Woman of the week, Cathy reminds us why looking back is just as important as looking ahead.

What do you love most about being a Wild Woman?

I love the fact that in my 60s, I discovered trekking and the fabulous community that goes with it. I've made wonderful new friends and found new places in my own backyard that I never knew existed. And, I'm probably the fittest I've ever been!

What’s the best hike you’ve ever done and what made it so epic?

Jatbula, Patagonia, Nepal, Bungle Bungles, and Cradle Mountain were all amazing. I think the ones I enjoy the most are the ones where, at the end of the day, I literally lie in my tent and am so grateful that my body has got me up hills, down slopes, and over rocks to wherever we're going!

What hike is at the top of your bucket list and why?

There are so many treks I haven't done yet, I really can't narrow it to one! Having said that, despite its popularity and inevitable crowds, there is something very appealing about doing the Camino de Santiago.

What’s the most memorable thing that’s happened to you on a hike?

It would be the first time I walked across a suspension bridge in Patagonia with my heart in my mouth, or watching the sun come up in the Bungles. Or a summit, any summit, that I've struggled to climb and made it. Then there was singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with our young Nepalese guide while walking through the mountains on a perfect day. I could go on and on.

What’s the best hiking advice you ever received?

Always remember to turn around and see where you've been. Too often, we keep our eyes on the ground to make sure we don't stumble or slip. But it's so important to make sure you stop, look around, and see where you are and where you've been. Those often are the best views. One of my trekking buddies reminded me of this on our recent trip to Nepal and I'm forever grateful.

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