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Juliet is one in 61,000

By Lauren Urban, Writer

Juliet Galvez lives her life courageously.

“I’m fearless; I like to challenge myself. I don’t really get scared of anything,” she said. “I don’t like being told I can’t do something. So when people tell me I can’t do it, I’m like no I can do it.”

Her valiant attitude led her to climb Knife Edge Trail on Maine’s highest mountain, Mount Katahdin, which has claimed dozens of lives over the years. In most places, the path is 3 to 5 feet wide before it drops off. It requires extreme caution and balance because of how easy it is to fall or get cut on sharp, jutting rocks. Juliet describes the adventure as “very strenuous.” She started with a group of friends at 5:30am, and they didn’t finish until about 4pm, due to extremely windy conditions.

Bad weather does not keep Juliet from hitting the trails, nor does a newly acquired knee injury for which she is undergoing physical therapy. In fact, despite any obstacles, she has managed to hike one to three times a week for the last two years.

While Knife Edge was Juliet’s favorite and most challenging trail, she also enjoys less intense local hikes including Mount Beacon, Storm King and Bear Mountain. She finds it relaxing, therapeutic and an ideal time to pray and connect with her father who passed away 10 years ago. Surrounding herself with the beauty of nature is also a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, where she works during the week as a practice office associate in the Department of Vascular Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital.

The trails near New Paltz hold a special place in her heart, especially Lake Minnewaska. “That’s the first hike I took my daughter, my cousin and brother…Being able to share that with them and getting them to appreciate why I hike made me feel good.”

Juliet’s now 15-year-old daughter (whom she calls her “mini me”) has since developed a shared passion for hiking. The pair is planning a trip to New Hampshire to explore numerous peaks, including Mount Madison, Adams and Jefferson. 

Originally from the Philippines, Juliet hopes to one day explore mountains in other countries, as well. 

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