“Mountains are both journey and destination. They summon us to climb their slopes, explore their canyons, and attempt their summits. The summit, despite months of preparation and toil, is never guaranteed though tastes of sweet nectar when reached. If my only goal as a teacher and mountaineer is the summit, I risk cruel failure if I do not reach the highest apex. Instead, if I accept the mountain’s invitation to journey and create meaning in each step, success is manifest in every moment.”
Dr. TA Loeffler is an educator, adventurer, nature advocate, author, and professional keynote speaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. After climbing Mount McKinley, TA set a goal of climbing Mount Everest and the rest of the “Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. TA is returning to Nepal for her third attempt on Mount Everest during the spring of 2016.
TA’s writing details her expedition preparation, training, and the life lessons gained from these ambitious pursuits. Using a daily quote paired with a photograph in a series entitled “Visual Soliloquy,” TA delivers a daily dose of inspiration (you can subscribe to the blog if you want this delivered directly to your in-box.)
In 2015, TA climbed nine volcanoes and El Salvador’s Highest Peak during Volcanopalooza. TA also paddled 210 kilometers from Lake Shipiskan to the sea along the Kanairiktok River in Labrador. TA completed a Great Big Walk across 700 km of the High Himalaya of Nepal during the spring of 2014.
In September 2013, TA stood on the highest point in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. In April 2012, TA skied 275 kilometers across unexplored Greenland and climbed the Arctic’s highest peak, Gunnbjørn Fjeld. In December of 2011, TA climbed Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica.
Throughout this mountainous journey, TA has aimed to be a “public dreamer” to inspire others to have big dreams and big goals by sharing these adventures online, in schools, in the media, and through keynote speaking. You can also download TA’s One Pager to learn more about having TA come speak at your event.