Becoming a hiker in your 50s: ‘I always have more in my tank than I thought’

When Joss Stewart’s mother died, she reassessed her priorities and rediscovered the outdoors

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I was 51 when Mum died.

I had been going gangbusters running my own financial advisory business in Sydney for 15 years, working 90-hour weeks. No downtime. I had forgone personal relationships, friends and holidays. I didn’t have a life. I was an only child and, having already lost Dad in 1982, Mum’s death made me re-evaluate things.

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