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One of the first female extreme athletes reflects on how her feminine strengths led to her success in a male-dominated field
Written by Jan Reynolds, medal winner in World Cup biathlon and former world record-holder for womens high-altitude skiing
Recounts many of Reynolds adventures, including her Mount Everest expeditions
Explains how she didnt simply emulate the men around her but embraced her feminine strengths of compassion, mediation, cooperation, and observation
Shares insights from her immersion in several indigenous cultures, where she identified gender traits found in all cultures
World record-breaking skier and climber Jan Reynolds has sought adventure in the Himalayas, the Southern Alps, the Sahara Desert, the Canadian Arctic, and the Amazon Basin--often as the only woman in her expedition. Tasked time and again with having to prove herself in the company of men, her tireless dedication on each high-risk excursion opened the door for many of todays female extreme athletes.
Recounting in vivid detail many of her adventures, including multiple Mount Everest expeditions, Reynolds explains that her success on each formidable journey didnt arise simply by emulating the men around her but by embracing her feminine strengths of compassion, mediation, cooperation, and observation. As she traveled the world, she broadened her insights into the psychologies of men and women with her immersion in several indigenous cultures, such as the ancient salt traders of Tibet, where she identified gender traits and strengths found in all cultures. Providing a guide for women entering male-dominated fields, Reynolds explains how women as well as men should nurture their feminine assets for more successful relationships at work, at play, at home, and in our global relationship with the natural world.