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Stories from the Field: Mental Health and the Outdoors

Nov 28, 2023

In this enlightening episode we delve into the interplay of mental health and outdoor experiences, focusing on the therapeutic power of activities like rock climbing in addressing anxiety. We talk with Noah Kleiner, founder of Equinox Guiding Service in Maine, who shares his inspiring journey from a childhood immersed in nature to establishing a successful guiding service. Noah’s narrative unfolds through his experiences in various outdoor programs and the inception of Equinox, highlighting the profound impact of climbing in fostering self-awareness, resilience, and mental well-being.

This episode explores how rock and ice climbing provide more than just physical challenges; they offer unique opportunities for personal growth and confronting internal fears. Noah discusses the parallels and differences between his work and wilderness therapy, emphasizing the therapeutic, albeit non-clinical, benefits of climbing. He sheds light on the nuances of guiding diverse groups, addressing on-wall anxiety, and the importance of building trust in these adventures.

The conversation pivots to the entrepreneurial aspects of starting Equinox, revealing Noah's journey through the anxieties of business ownership and his commitment to providing enriching outdoor experiences. Finally, the discussion touches upon the evolving nature of outdoor education and psychotherapy, underscoring the value of awe-inspiring experiences in personal discovery and growth.

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