Mental Health Monday—climbing out of addiction and depression


I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize. I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. (Philippians 3:13)

mt2Margo Talbot is a writer and climber who lives in the southern interior of British Columbia. She has competed in a number of climbing competitions, including the ESPN X-Games and the Ouray International Ice Festival. A sponsored athlete with Outdoor Research, she also guides for Chicks with Picks and runs an adventure guiding company for women, The Glitter Girls.

Margo has written: All That Glitters: A Climber’s Journey Through Addiction and Depression. Amazon’s review observes: “Margo Talbot’s unflinchingly honest account of a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect, her descent into depression, addiction, and criminal activity is both heartbreaking and, ultimately, inspiring. Finding redemption and healing through her passion for the outdoors and, in particular, ice climbing, this memoir is a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit and the healing force of nature.”

Here’s her story…