INSPIRING GALS

Anna Cochrane

“I’m your typical adventurous Kiwi, based in Invercargill.  You’ll find me either hiking, swimming, lifting weights or taking on challenges out of my comfort zone.  In 2018 I hiked the Kokoda Track in PNG, I wanted to try new skills and challenge my long-held beliefs that I couldn’t do some things.  Since being home in New Zealand I’ve tramped the Kepler, Milford, Heaphy, Routeburn, and the Raikura tracks and swam in the Tasman Lake, Lake Tekapo, Lake Marian, McLean Falls, and Lake Wakatipu to name a few…and yes, they were cold! My superpower is connecting with people, I’m that curious person in a hut talking to strangers. 2022 is about ‘Challenge and Movement’ ensuring the decisions I make are moving ME in the right direction, and not because of what others or society expects of me. That means to keep learning to love the body I’m in, its strengths, changes, wrinkles and scars, as heck we’ve had some journeys together!”

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Lydia Bradey

“I am a mountaineer, IMFGA Mountain & Ski Guide and part-time physio living in Lake Hawea. I live in a house I co-designed partner – who is very funny, and my cat that’s really sporty – but not very academic! I fell in love with the mountains when I was young, and over my life, I’ve loved to travel, camp and climb. I got into big wall aid climbing in Yosemite back in the early ’80s, completing 10 big walls with 7 first female ascents. By the mid-’80s I discovered high-altitude mountaineering without the use of supplemental oxygen, climbing on Himalayan and Karakorum expeditions in India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal.  In 1988 I became the first woman to climb Everest without oxygen, which I have since guided five times. It’s important for me to share that I was always SUPER bad at sports, was clumsy and was teased about how I walked when I was at school. Sport came to me through the love of Big Nature, and the mountains. Life responds to those of us who try hard and find a passion. It’s the journey or the path that is the important thing to experience and relish, not the end goal”.