When I first read about Melissa Pemberton, I was envious. As an aerobatic stunt pilot, base jumper, and dare-devil I was inspired by her guts. Melissa became the youngest female ever to be a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team at the 2006 Nationals and has Multi-Instrument-Commercial ratings and Over 1300 Hours of Time in High Performance Aerobatic Aircraft. She also trains young women in Ghana to fly supplies into remote areas through a group called Medicine on the Move. This is the kind of woman that deserves more press coverage and more opportunities to share her stories with the world.

Ok, so maybe all these adrenaline-pumping activities are not for everyone, but her message is universal. Challenge yourself, do what you love, and live life to the fullest. Melissa challenges herself physically and mentally, because there will always be the underlying recognition that in an instant, something can go wrong. But beyond that Melissa knows the science and understands the technology behind the equipment she uses. And that can make all the difference in a life or death situation.

For the complete story, check out the Outside magazine Danger issue.


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