May 17, 2022

Episode 63: Beth Jeffery & the Healing Power of the Outdoors

On this episode: JMT, hiking amnesia, cairns, and grief. We’re talking with Beth Jeffery, hiker extraordinaire and founder of The Cairn Connection. She started hiking in 2014 and has gone on to hike the JMT four times, summited Mount Whitney eleven times, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Hood, and turned personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others.


Show Notes

  • 00:35 – Introducing Beth Jeffery and how she got started hiking back in 2014
  • 03:30 – How climbing Mount Whitney started a transformation 
  • 05:30 – Why the movie MILE, MILE & A HALF is on her phone
  • 08:30 – Her son’s unexpected death, life on and off trail, and quitting her job
  • 13:00 – Starting The Cairn Connection
  • 23:15 – Volunteering with Search-and-Rescue
  • 25:30 – What built her confidence in her journey
  • 29:05 – What is so special about the John Muir Trail
  • 35:30 – Beth’s process for preparing to explore a new place

Connect with Beth on Instagram @jmtgirl and on her website at The Cairn Connection.

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