A ground-breaking trio of famous women join forces for Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip and, whilst challenging, it was a blast, they tell Gemma Dunn
mountains and then we had to practice mountain climbing before we climbed Pikes Peak at the end.
“All of it was overwhelming – but it does me good to take myself out of my comfort zone. What I found interesting was when we went to Aspen (and learned about the Gold Rush),” shares Wax. “These miners came and they gouged out the size of the Grand Canyon into mountains and destroyed America, raised it to the ground, because they were so greedy.
“I could see the story of why America became what it became, which is decadent and ruthless. And they don’t know when enough is enough.”
Though “this was a road trip of a lifetime,” chimes Brown. “It was almost like you were doing a bucket list check off because the places that we went to, the people that we met, the scenery, was incredible.
“We were three girls from three different walks of life, coming together, helping each other figure stuff out, having an absolute blast doing it and making good TV that is actually informational.
“But it made me think how much I really do love my own company –and I think Isabella must have loved her own company to be able to do what she did, with no steady companion by her side.”
“I envy people that can be on their own,” Atack offers. “I always say, I hate being alone. But actually, what I discovered doing this, even though we were doing things together, it’s very much an independent mindset that you have to be in when you’re physically trying to grip onto a mountain.
Wax, meanwhile, talks of her happiness at living a simpler existence, admitting: “I’m very envious, not of Aspen, but of that side of America where it’s so beautiful, that if every day you just get up and get an eyeful of that...” she trails off. “I would rather live like that, to be honest.”
“We used to have in-depth conversations with each other,” Brown remembers fondly. “And one thing I found about you, Ruby, is that you’re similar to me in a way where you can just go off to a silent retreat, not talk for 30 days, and immerse yourself in that peace and quiet and go inwards.
“That’s one of the reasons why I moved to Leeds, because literally I go on a six-mile walk and its complete forest round here, and I don’t see a soul.
It’s so beautiful just to be surrounded by nature and beauty. So come on down and stay with me, Ruby and Emily!” “I would love to be able to feel secure enough to be at peace like that by myself and do those things,” responds Atack. “I try hard but it’s a work in progress.”
We were three girls from three different walks of life, coming together, helping each other figure stuff out, having an absolute blast doing it and making good TV that is actually informational
Trailblazers: A Rocky Mountain Road Trip starts on BBC Two on Monday, November 28