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Life Lessons: Ladies Explorer Club

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 02 2013 04:00:00 AM CDT

Life Lessons Ladies Explorers Club

New studies show that women are less happy now than they were 40 years ago and as women get older, they also get sadder.

Some women are determined to make sure they don't fall into these same numbers.

These are ladies who wanted more out of the typical girl's night out. They stepped outside their comfort zone to discover more about themselves, and when they did they learned to love who they are.

It's an exciting morning for a group of five women: they are going to try something outside the box.

"My family said, 'Kathy, try and be the first one out and get it over and done with,'" Kathy Guth says.

These women are going to jump out of a plane from an altitude of 10,000 feet, together.

They are members of a group called the Ladies Explorer Club.

"I didn't want to wait for a cancer diagnosis to start living my life," said Michelle Rapp, founder and Explorer-in-Chief.

Members of the group say the adventures they take are a kind of therapy.

"[These women will] stand by you," member Alisha Hunter said. "If one is scared, they'll be like 'hey, I'm scared too, but I'm going to do it.'"

"My husband had passed away of cancer, and so it was like a year and a half and I needed to get back out," member Cindy Smith explained.

"Put yourself a little bit out on that ledge and you'll find out what you can do. You'll be surprised," Guth said.

Apart from skydiving, the women have ridden in hot air balloons, repelled through Hocking Hills State Park, even tried dog sledding.

"Whether you go through the fear, around the fear, under, over; it doesn't matter. As long as you get through to the end goal, you're going to be successful," Rapp said.

Their club is free to join and adventures range from $85 to $500, which includes travel, lodging, and food.

There are currently more than 300 members in the Ladies Explorer club, and Rapp's long term goal is to start franchise clubs in cities across the country.