Creative Non Fiction

On Mountains and Menopause, with E.D. Morin, Writing Menopause, pp. 113-117.

One of the many things E.D. and I have in common is our love of the alpine and the mountains. E.D. is a real climber. Me, I’m just a hobbyist. But together we talked about one of the great challenges for women climbing and mountaineering – blood – and mused about whether menopause was a reason that so many women start climbing later in their lives. This is our conversation.

Something As Big As A Mountain, PRISM International, 50.3, 2012.

This piece was runner up for PRISM International’s Creative Non Fiction Prize in 2012.

It is about my experience mountaineering near Mount Tsar in a remote part of the Rockies north of Golden, BC. I undertook this trip without fully understanding how difficult it would be or why I was doing it. So often, the things we are driven to do, the things we cannot quite explain, the things our mothers will never understand, reveal their meaning to us in their own time.