Ice Climbing Helped Her Out Of Addiction; Now, She’s Pulling Others Up



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After strapping on all the required safety gear like helmets and crampons for our boots, Margo Talbot gives one last piece of advice before she starts climbing a wall of ice.

“If any ice starts coming down, move.”

Talbot is an ice climbing veteran, but safety is still at the front of her mind.

“I don’t call ice climbing a sport. I call it an endeavor, a practice. It’s got too much danger to call it a sport. But that’s one of the reasons I love it. The danger brings you completely into the present moment.”

Today, Talbot is climbing at the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado. It’s a small mountain town nestled in the San Juan Mountains that’s affectionately known as the “Switzerland of America.”

A light flurry of snow is falling steadily as Talbot finishes prepping her gear. She’s completely unfazed by the snowfall, which seems to only enhance what she describes as an endeavor surrounded by natural beauty.

Standing at the bottom of this canyon, however, is much different than what Talbot considers her real “rock bottom”…click here to continue reading