• Mary Anderson

Chainsaw Mama

Updated: May 21, 2021

By Mary Anderson

Chainsaw Mama on tele skis

I am heading down to visit my son before I set out on my hike. He will help me get my phone and electronics in shape for the trip. I will do some chainsaw work for him.

People always ask me, “What does your son think about your hike?”

I never had a clue what to say, so I asked him. His reply was “If you want to do it, do it." Then he added, "And it is probably better that you are in your sixties rather than in your twenties. This way, if something happens to you, you will have already lived a life.”

I guess that is the kind of response a son gives when he grows up with a mother wielding a chainsaw. I can’t help wondering if I was a man if I would have been asked this question.


Mary Anderson is writing a book about her trek along the 3,000-mile Continental Divide Trail, a journey of healing that she undertook in her sixties. Mary hiked the southern half of the trail, from the Mexican border into Wyoming, in 2020 and will begin the northern half in a few days. You can follow her progress here on the Korongo blog.

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