If you’ve been thinking you are too old to try something new, or too old to do this or that, then my next guest on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast is going to blow that theory out of the water.
In this episode, my guest is Dierdre Wolownick. During the interview we discussed:
- Dierdre’s background
- How Dierdre made history on her 70th birthday
- Why Dierdre started climbing and how she overcame the fear
- What stops women from moving out of their comfort zone
- Dierdre’s new documentary Climbing into Life is coming soon – why she made the film
- What drives her
- How to face our fears
- Dierdre’s book ‘The Sharp end of Life’
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Dierdre Wolownick is the mother of Alex Honnold (have you seen the Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo?), and the oldest woman to climb El Capitan, Yosemite’s 3,200-ft granite wall. And a few years after I did that, I scaled it again to celebrate my 70t birthday on the summit. I started climbing when I was 59. This year, the documentary about my life will be out; you can see the trailer on YouTube: Climbing Into Life.
At 55, I started running, and have done numerous marathons, half-marathons & other races. I’ve been an orchestra conductor, an independent publisher, airline personnel… and a professor & writer all my adult life. You can read about all of it in my book, The Sharp End of Life (Mountaineers Books).