Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 48

sunny and greets every day and every hardship with that can-do attitude, no matter the circumstances. The term ‘strong, independent woman’ doesn't do Sarah justice, but is exactly what she embodies - inner strength and complete independence in her daily life. I recall when we were living in the Rockies together and if Sarah couldn't find anyone to explore with, she'd simply set off on her own solo adventures such as mountain-biking, camping and multi-day treks. She also spent months backpacking around South-East Asia by herself in 2015. She's the type of person who is incredibly sociable, but also very comfortable being on her own.”

Hirschfeld’s zeal for life can be contagious. She is highly motivated to see what the world can serve up next to her in terms of a life experience.

“Her passion for life's pursuits is nothing short of deeply inspiring,” Vendrig said. “Sarah possesses a curiosity for the world and everything it has to offer. She may have big dreams, but more than that, she has the drive and work ethic in which to achieve them too. One thing is for sure, this girl is going places, and I can't wait to see what she does next.”

Hirschfeld comes by her adventurous spirit naturally. Her family had a camp on a lake near Skead. She went there a lot and canoed around the lake. She did canoe trips with family in the Temagami and Killarney areas growing up. Now, she does wild adventures around the world. Hirschfeld sees it all coming together one day.

“I love the mountains, so my life will have me near them,” she said. “I love to grow food. I want to combine my interests at the same time. I want a hobby farm where I grow my own food and teach yoga. I’m going to try and do all of it.”