Angela Maxwell Is Walking Around the World for Women

On May 2, 2014, with $12,000 saved, Angela Maxwell left her best friend’s home in Bend, Oregon, to start a five-year walk around the world. There’s no pre-approved path for the small ranks of pedestrian circumnavigators, the dozen or so people who’ve claimed they’ve walked around the world —so Maxwell devised her own route. She traveled the 175 miles to Portland, and then across western Australia. She next headed to Vietnam, where she hiked 60 miles from Da Nang to Hue and then spent three weeks recovering from dengue fever. A year into her circumnavigation, she arrived in Mongolia. One night, a two weeks’ hike from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulaanbaatar, in a valley surrounded by mountains, a stranger entered her tent and raped her. “It was the moment that every woman is afraid of before they go out into the world,” the 37-year-old former business consultant says. After the attack—“it was over in minutes,” Maxwell says—her assailant left. Maxwell packed her gear, hiked a few miles

This British Columbian Backcountry Traverse Is Gaining Popularity

The Spearhead Traverse in the Coast Mountains is a classic winter route. In this short film, we get a first look at the route, the mountains, and the beauty of this terrain.

Nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb ski destinations is the Spearhead Traverse. It’s a winter wonderland stretching 21 miles, with about 5,580 feet of glaciers and mountain. But the Traverse is also an area struggling to keep up with the crowds.

“It’s big terrain. It’s exploding in popularity, which is great, but it’s also dangerous,” says the film’s narrator.

The film, produced by Arc’teryx and Origin productions, tells stories from the route’s first skiers in 1964 to the efforts of freeskiers today. Transport yourself to British Columbia through 16 minutes of calm narration, gorgeous views, and chilling footage.

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