Cat Bigley

Cat Bigley

Cat Bigley did not have a typical American childhood. She spent most of her time hanging out in a teepee and exploring the Wasatch Mountains. One of her earliest childhood memories was of her grandfather, a contracted trapper, giving her a beaver trapping and skinning tutorial. Her father gave her a fire-making set and stone tools when she was in her teens. Her formative education allowed for her to disappear into the mountains behind her childhood home, pick up road-kill and build her own shack, with the only amenities being a hand-pumped well and coal stove. She later spent a portion of her college years in the shack she built in her youth, accompanied by chickens and a flood-irrigated garden. Rugged was the word, as she experienced winters that could serve up temperatures nearing -30°F.

Her atypical background and love for the wilderness led her to Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS), where she has worked as a survival and primitive skills instructor since 2000. Working at BOSS, the premier survival school in the country, has allowed her to collaborate with some of the top survival experts in the world. However ingrained, Cat Bigley is much more than just a survival instructor. She has extensive remote medical training and instructs for the Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS. Cat has a degree in Anthropology and Earth Sciences, and is passionate about primitive cultures, especially when it comes to art and social infrastructure.

She is driven by her desire to connect with people and encourage them to truly live. She wants to be a positive influence for girls and women, not only in the outdoor arena, but to also dare to be themselves, to be different and to take risks to achieve their dreams. Taking meaningful risks and making a difference is motivation for Cat to go full throttle in life. She’s embarking on this journey to push herself to the limit, to face something that scares her, and to take part in something that could have meaning for every human on the planet. She knows it is an extreme test of courage, ingenuity and perseverance of the body and mind.

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  • Trafalgr Falls on Dominica.  Photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick Phil Keoghan is host of the multi Award-winning reality show, "The Amazing Race".  We talked to Phil about how the show mirrors his life, his passion for travel and his commitment to give back to others.   Phil also shared how a near death experience inspired his mantra to leave "No Opportunity Wasted". Robert Rose is the executive producer and host of the popular show "Raw Travel".  The show integrates voluntourism, social responsibility and philanthropy with pure raw travel.  Robert escaped the corporate jungle a few years ago and began sharing the gift of travel with others.  We'll talk about our mutual passions for travel, social responsibility, his recent trip to Africa and our interest in connecting with our global community. The Caribbean Island of Dominica is legendary for its unspoiled beauty but the island is more than a pretty face with pristine [...]

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