The Pull: Kristen Ulmer

On this week’s show, my guest is teacher, author and creator Kristen Ulmer. In the early 1990s Ulmer rose to international prominence as the world’s foremost female big mountain extreme skier. It’s a status she held for an astonishing 12 years. Able to huck any cliff and ski die-if-you-fall lines, she went big and gathered sponsors like Red Bull, Ralph Lauren and Nikon.

And Ulmer was no one-trick pony. Her mountain exploits led her to become an expert ice and rock climber, paraglider, kite boarding, mountain biking and even flying trapeze. It’s no wonder the outdoor industry voted her the most extreme woman athlete in North America.

What’s amazing is that she walked away from it all in 2003. After having two near-death experiences in a matter of days, she got off the mountain. The next 15 years saw her study with a Zen master and from that she emerged to begin teaching people how to deal with fear. Why? Because she’d realized that fear had been the biggest ingredient in her success. Last year she published the book, “The Art of Fear, why conquering fear won’t work and what to do instead.”

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