Angela started this long, slow adventure because she wanted to “feel” the world. To live on less, while giving more. Learning to live with solitude. Immersing into the world.
For Leighan Falley, Alaska is more than home — it’s a calling. Leighan spent years as a ski guide and climber on the Alaskan range, focusing much of her energy on Denali. But after becoming a mother, she found herself unwilling to pursue guiding (and the dangers that come with it), instead taking to the skies as mountain pilot. Follow Leighan on the Alaskan adventures that enrich her life and legacy in Denali’s Raven.
As the last few clouds disappeared, the perfectly visible towers pierced the bright blue sky like a Gaudí masterpiece. I settled on a boulder by the lake with Sarah, a prison guard from Northumberland, England. “I’d never done any kind of adventure before this,” she said.
“I think the only real thing that was holding me back was me. The women on this trip always pull together and never make me feel like someone is better at something. I’m more confident now and want to experience much more of the world. I know there’s no limit to what I can do.”
Patricia Schultz, renowned author of the worldwide bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and the new Global Ambassador for Trafalgar, a guided-vacations company, she explains: “There are an astonishing number of women of all ages who no longer seek or need permission — nor emotional support or encouragement from spouses, friends or colleagues — to travel. They are gutsy and bold, courageous and impressively strong. Travel breeds resourcefulness and resilience.” Women who make travel a life priority “take on roles of leadership,” she continues. “Travel helps us understand our place in the world and understand more clearly the life we want to create for ourselves. It makes us better people — and invariably better wives, mothers, sisters and friends. Travel also helps keep us humble — and tolerant and respectful of other people and other cultures.”