Maria Coffey is an outdoors journalist whose first book, Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow, was serialized in Outside magazine and awarded the prestigious Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature. A native of England, she and her husband run an adventure sea-kayaking business.
Author and adventurer Maria Coffey shared stories about the profound paranormal and spiritual experiences of extreme athletes. Several of Coffey's anecdotes involved mountaineers who encountered spirits or other unexplainable phenomena during their climb. In one account, American climber Lou Whittaker is said to have seen a mysterious elderly Tibetan woman in his tent at the base of Kangchenjunga, third highest mountain in the world. Stranger still is that the old woman also appeared to Whittaker's wife, Ingrid, when she was laid up in the tent from a bout of altitude sickness. ... More »Host: Ian Punnett
Adventurer and author Maria Coffey discussed the profound paranormal experiences of extreme athletes, such as ghost encounters, precognition, and telepathy. In discussing her research, she noted that, "time and time again, when I was talking to all different kinds of athletes, they would express relief that somebody had actually given them permission to talk about this." According to Coffey, one type of experience that extreme athletes encountered was a phenomenon dubbed the "third man on the rope," where mountain climbers would sense, or even see, an additional member of their party. This mysterious presence was described as either some sort of "spirit of the mountain" or ghosts of other climbers who had previously succumbed to the elements. Often this entity acts as a guide, she said, sharing one story of an ice climber who had suffered a treacherous accident and was led to safety by following a mysterious blue light in front of him. Other odd phenomena experienced by ... More »Host: Ian Punnett