Jan 31, 2021

Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway — What is the MOTHERLOAD?

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Welcome to episode 17 of Explore Magazine’s Live the Adventure Podcast.

What load do you carry?

Is it, at times, too heavy to lift?

How do you balance a yearning for adventure with what can seem like an ever-building load of responsibilities: parenthood, career, mental health…

Do you ever look back to simpler times and wish you were there?

And what role does outdoor adventure play in your personal growth, and perhaps the development of your family?

Heady topics right? Well don’t worry—my guests are good at making this stuff fun.

Today, I’m talking to Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway. They are British Columbia-based pro skiers, and mothers.

Izzy, along with her sister Zoya Lynch, recently made a documentary called “Motherload.”

It follows Izzy and Tessa as they wrangle with topics like grief, personal growth and a yearning for adventure—all framed around family life, and the “load” they must carry, as mothers, to guide their families through the life they are striving for.

The documentary is available for free on YouTube, and it’s a 14-minute film that’s at times comical, at times gut-wrenching, at times inspiring as it looks at subjects of loss—Tessa lost her husband, famed skier Dave Treadway, to a backcountry accident three years ago, and Izzy’s marriage dissolved, a loss of a different kind—as well as the absurd reality that any parent who’s tried to get young kids outdoors can relate to.

So let’s jump into conversation with Izzy Lynch and Tessa Treadway!

In This Episode You’ll Discover

  • What is the MOTHERLOAD?
  • What’s it like trying to wrangle a family, as a single parent, into a life of adventure?
  • What role does the outdoors play in grief and healing?
  • What’s it like to make a documentary with your kids?
  • And SO MUCH more!

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