“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’s explorations take her up high peaks and across continents.
TA recently completed her Great Big Walk across 700 km of the High Himalaya of Nepal during the spring of 2014. TA’s next project is a climb of Ama Dablam, “The Matterhorn of the Himalayas,” during the fall 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, she climbed Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica. TA’s blog details her preparation, training, expeditions and life lessons from these ambitious pursuits.
Nurturing big dreams and climbing big mountains requires leaps of faith, heaps of humor, discipline, luck, support, teamwork, and the ability to ride large waves of emotion. Accepting the invitation to dream is the first step followed by intensive planning, training, outreach, and fundraising. TA utilizes this model repeatedly when nurturing her own dreams and the dreams of others.
Additionally in her blog, TA shares the life lessons that being on this “mountainous” path has taught her as well as a daily quote paired with a photograph in a series entitled “Visual Soliloquy.” Subscribing to TA’s Blog to gets you a regular dose of inspiration delivered directly to your in-box.
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