The summer of 2006 was a formative season for Sarah. No longer satisfied to simply climb on the boulders below the Chief, she decided she was going to learn the art of traditional climbing and take that skill into the mountains.

In a few short months Sarah learned a skill that takes most climbers years to develop. Fearless, and never lacking confidence in herself, she eagerly committed to an all-female climbing expedition to the Himalaya. What she didn’t already know about climbing in the mountains, she’d figure out as she went.

But, on an alpine climbing trip at the end of that summer Sarah took an un-roped crevasse fall. In the months following, she learned just how fragile her confidence was, and how little respect she’d had for the fear that keeps us safe in the mountains.

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