‘The first time I climbed was terrible. I was scared, didn't move well and had gained weight from lying down so much. At that moment I seriously considered whether I would be able to climb again. But I decided to give it a try and since then I’ve known that I can always come back, no matter how long it takes.’
Five years later she was asked to join an expedition to the north face of Mount Kenya, a notoriously challenging mountain because of the terrain. But Babsi excelled in the high alpine and this proved to be a turning point in her climbing and her career.
She’s now a qualified mountain guide, leading people year-round on rock and alpine routes as well as ski descents. Mind you, the skiing aspect didn’t come naturally. Babsi was always drawn to climbing up, so she never spent much time skiing down. But to become a mountain guide you need to be a good skier. Again, her resolve was challenged after she initially failed the ski entrance exam. But using her early experiences of falling and failure in climbing, she applied herself, reframed her mindset and went on to qualify for the course and, eventually, after more ups and downs, she became a fully-fledged mountain guide.